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Ex-Solidarity Pair Leads Polish Presidential Vote Count

Former communist Kwasniewski will likely give way to a former Solidarity activist 10 October 2005 -- Polish voters face a runoff presidential poll in two weeks' time after an election yesterday failed to give any of 12 candidates the required 50 percent of the vote.

Two right-leaning former activists of the anti-communist Solidarity movement lead the vote count and appear likely to face off in a second-round vote on 23 October.

With 91 percent of the votes counted, election officials said Donald Tusk had won about 36 percent and Lech Kaczynski some 33 percent.

Tusk's Civic Platform party and Kaczynski's Law and Justice party both soundly defeated the ruling left in a general election two weeks ago. Their respective parties are in talks about forming a possible coalition, but there has been little progress due to the pending presidential election.

President Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former communist, has served two five-year terms. The constitution does not allow him to run again.