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Poland: Kwasniewski Heading For Big Re-election Win

Warsaw, 9 October (RFE/RL) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is on his way to a landslide re-election victory. Partial official results from yesterday's vote show Kwasniewski getting nearly 55 percent, well beyond the 50 percent necessary to win another five-year term in the first round. None of the 11 other candidates were able to muster even a third of the support gained by Kwasniewski, a former Communist turned social democrat.

In second place was independent economist Andrzej Olechowski with about 18 percent, followed by Solidarity bloc leader Marian Krzaklewski with about 14 percent.

Former President Lech Walesa had less than one percent.

Voter turnout in the election was estimated at more than 60 percent.

Kwasniewski said winning European Union membership for Poland would be his main goal during his next term.