PM Tusk wins elections for PO party leader
August 26, 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk will remain the leader of Poland's centrist ruling Civic Platform (PO) after receiving 79.58% of the votes cast by party members in internal elections.
His rival, Jaroslaw Gowin, received 20.42% of the votes, party officials told a news conference Friday.
Tusk received 16,024 votes, while Gowin received 4,114 votes, party officials added. Voter turnout was 51.12%.
Following the announcement of his victory, Tusk extended an olive branch to his rival.
"The end of the electoral campaign is the best moment to announce readiness for cooperation," he said. "If Jaroslaw Gowin is ready to respect the rules and loyalty to [the organization] then I see no reason for him not to participate in our further work."
Tusk said that he would personally address PO members who sought to oust Gowin from the PO after he breached party discipline to ease off. Gowin and a group of PO MPs had voted against the government amendment of the public finance law in July.