“I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change” – World – Kommersant

The presidential campaign in Poland goes to the finish line. The current president Andrzej Duda and the candidate from the opposition coalition, the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Tshaskovsky, entered the second round of elections. It is impossible to predict which of them will win the July 12 elections, Kommersant’s observer believes. Galina Dudina.

The first round of the presidential election in Poland still took place. It was supposed to be held on April 10, but in a pandemic, the authorities did not want to conduct entirely face-to-face elections and did not have time to amend the electoral law, allowing, in particular, voting by mail. So in April, it was decided simply not to open polling stations. After April 10, the vote was declared invalid and a new election date was set for June 28.

As a result, on Sunday, the Poles lined up in front of the polling stations: you could go inside only in masks and so as not to crowd – one person per four square meters of floor space. Many were able to vote in advance by mail thanks to the amendments to the electoral law that came into force. This opportunity was used by more than half a million voters.

However, if in April the ratings of President Andrzej Duda predicted victory for him almost in the first round, by June the Poles ceased to think that the president and the ruling Law and Justice party were coping so well with the crisis caused by the pandemic.

His position was complicated by the replacement of the main opponent. The main opposition force – the “Civil Coalition” – was originally supposed to be represented by an experienced politician, vice speaker of the lower house of parliament, Malgožata Kidava Blonska. However, after the April vote that did not take place, the mayor of Warsaw, 48-year-old Rafal Tshaskovsky, was nominated instead. In just a couple of months, he was able to almost catch up in the polls of the incumbent president – especially in those where it was proposed to make a choice between the two politicians.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Tshaskovsky

Фото: Aleksandra Szmigiel, Reuters

Less than a week before the election, Mr. Duda flew to the United States for almost two days, where he held talks with US President Donald Trump. Apparently, his entourage suggested that a meeting with the American leader would bring political dividends to the president. True, contrary to the hopes of Polish politicians, Mr. Trump did not clarify the prospects for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland and did not declare any significant agreements in the field of defense and security, confining himself to general statements. But, apparently, the rapid flight across the Atlantic still brought Mr. Dude extra points. According to polls, about a week before the election, about 41% of voters supported him. As a result, according to exit polls as of Monday morning, almost 43% of voters voted for him, and according to the results of processing 82% of the ballots, his result was already 45.7%.

«The advantage is great. I am very grateful, ”Mr. Duda assured his supporters immediately after the closure of polling stations.

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Фото: Kacper Pempel REFILE – CORRECTING LOCATION, Reuters

Less than 30% of voters supported his rival, but this is a good result, considering that in April his rating was only about 10%. Now it’s important how the candidates who take the next places will behave, for example, independent candidate, journalist and TV presenter Shimon Hololovna (13.3% of the vote) and Krzysztof Bosak (7.4%). If their supporters support the opposition candidate, then President Duda, with his predominantly provincial conservative electorate, traditionally supporting Law and Justice, may lose his post.

“I have no doubt that the voters of Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh look at family values ​​as I do,” said President Duda, in turn, speaking about the voters of the candidate from the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh (2.6% votes).

Earlier, the president sharply opposed permission to enter into same-sex marriage, reminding voters: the family is a union of a man and a woman.

His main opponent, in turn, shows much greater tolerance for same-sex unions. The President also hopes for the support of Krzysztof Bosak supporters. And if he manages to once again take the presidency, then the average salary in Poland will rise to € 2 thousand, Mr. Duda is sure. “In Poland, they must finally earn money as in the rich countries of Western Europe,” he said.

“More than 58% of our society wants change,” the mayor of Warsaw commented on the results of the first round of elections. “I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change.”

True, in relations with Moscow, even a change in the president of Poland hardly threatens radical changes. On the eve of the election, Andrzej Duda tried to blame his opponent that in 2014, when “Russia attacked Ukraine,” his party “Civic Platform” (now “Civic Coalition”) was in power and could not provide the Poles with a sense of security. To which Mr. Tshaskovsky retorted: there are questions, such as the presence of American troops in Poland and “Russian aggression against Ukraine,” which do not cause disagreements between the government and the opposition, and President Dude should not have used them “for political games.”

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“I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change” – World – Kommersant

The presidential campaign in Poland goes to the finish line. The current president Andrzej Duda and the candidate from the opposition coalition, the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Tshaskovsky, entered the second round of elections. It is impossible to predict which of them will win the July 12 elections, Kommersant’s observer believes. Galina Dudina.

The first round of the presidential election in Poland still took place. It was supposed to be held on April 10, but in a pandemic, the authorities did not want to conduct entirely face-to-face elections and did not have time to amend the electoral law, allowing, in particular, voting by mail. So in April, it was decided simply not to open polling stations. After April 10, the vote was declared invalid and a new election date was set for June 28.

As a result, on Sunday, the Poles lined up in front of the polling stations: you could go inside only in masks and so as not to crowd – one person per four square meters of floor space. Many were able to vote in advance by mail thanks to the amendments to the electoral law that came into force. This opportunity was used by more than half a million voters.

However, if in April the ratings of President Andrzej Duda predicted victory for him almost in the first round, by June the Poles ceased to think that the president and the ruling Law and Justice party were coping so well with the crisis caused by the pandemic.

His position was complicated by the replacement of the main opponent. The main opposition force – the “Civil Coalition” – was originally supposed to be represented by an experienced politician, vice speaker of the lower house of parliament, Malgožata Kidava Blonska. However, after the April vote that did not take place, the mayor of Warsaw, 48-year-old Rafal Tshaskovsky, was nominated instead. In just a couple of months, he was able to almost catch up in the polls of the incumbent president – especially in those where it was proposed to make a choice between the two politicians.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Tshaskovsky

Фото: Aleksandra Szmigiel, Reuters

Less than a week before the election, Mr. Duda flew to the United States for almost two days, where he held talks with US President Donald Trump. Apparently, his entourage suggested that a meeting with the American leader would bring political dividends to the president. True, contrary to the hopes of Polish politicians, Mr. Trump did not clarify the prospects for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland and did not declare any significant agreements in the field of defense and security, confining himself to general statements. But, apparently, the rapid flight across the Atlantic still brought Mr. Dude extra points. According to polls, about a week before the election, about 41% of voters supported him. As a result, according to exit polls as of Monday morning, almost 43% of voters voted for him, and according to the results of processing 82% of the ballots, his result was already 45.7%.

«The advantage is great. I am very grateful, ”Mr. Duda assured his supporters immediately after the closure of polling stations.

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Фото: Kacper Pempel REFILE – CORRECTING LOCATION, Reuters

Less than 30% of voters supported his rival, but this is a good result, considering that in April his rating was only about 10%. Now it’s important how the candidates who take the next places will behave, for example, independent candidate, journalist and TV presenter Shimon Hololovna (13.3% of the vote) and Krzysztof Bosak (7.4%). If their supporters support the opposition candidate, then President Duda, with his predominantly provincial conservative electorate, traditionally supporting Law and Justice, may lose his post.

“I have no doubt that the voters of Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh look at family values ​​as I do,” said President Duda, in turn, speaking about the voters of the candidate from the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh (2.6% votes).

Earlier, the president sharply opposed permission to enter into same-sex marriage, reminding voters: the family is a union of a man and a woman.

His main opponent, in turn, shows much greater tolerance for same-sex unions. The President also hopes for the support of Krzysztof Bosak supporters. And if he manages to once again take the presidency, then the average salary in Poland will rise to € 2 thousand, Mr. Duda is sure. “In Poland, they must finally earn money as in the rich countries of Western Europe,” he said.

“More than 58% of our society wants change,” the mayor of Warsaw commented on the results of the first round of elections. “I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change.”

True, in relations with Moscow, even a change in the president of Poland hardly threatens radical changes. On the eve of the election, Andrzej Duda tried to blame his opponent that in 2014, when “Russia attacked Ukraine,” his party “Civic Platform” (now “Civic Coalition”) was in power and could not provide the Poles with a sense of security. To which Mr. Tshaskovsky retorted: there are questions, such as the presence of American troops in Poland and “Russian aggression against Ukraine,” which do not cause disagreements between the government and the opposition, and President Dude should not have used them “for political games.”

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“I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change” – World – Kommersant

The presidential campaign in Poland goes to the finish line. The current president Andrzej Duda and the candidate from the opposition coalition, the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Tshaskovsky, entered the second round of elections. It is impossible to predict which of them will win the July 12 elections, Kommersant’s observer believes. Galina Dudina.

The first round of the presidential election in Poland still took place. It was supposed to be held on April 10, but in a pandemic, the authorities did not want to conduct entirely face-to-face elections and did not have time to amend the electoral law, allowing, in particular, voting by mail. So in April, it was decided simply not to open polling stations. After April 10, the vote was declared invalid and a new election date was set for June 28.

As a result, on Sunday, the Poles lined up in front of the polling stations: you could go inside only in masks and so as not to crowd – one person per four square meters of floor space. Many were able to vote in advance by mail thanks to the amendments to the electoral law that came into force. This opportunity was used by more than half a million voters.

However, if in April the ratings of President Andrzej Duda predicted victory for him almost in the first round, by June the Poles ceased to think that the president and the ruling Law and Justice party were coping so well with the crisis caused by the pandemic.

His position was complicated by the replacement of the main opponent. The main opposition force – the “Civil Coalition” – was originally supposed to be represented by an experienced politician, vice speaker of the lower house of parliament, Malgožata Kidava Blonska. However, after the April vote that did not take place, the mayor of Warsaw, 48-year-old Rafal Tshaskovsky, was nominated instead. In just a couple of months, he was able to almost catch up in the polls of the incumbent president – especially in those where it was proposed to make a choice between the two politicians.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Tshaskovsky

Фото: Aleksandra Szmigiel, Reuters

Less than a week before the election, Mr. Duda flew to the United States for almost two days, where he held talks with US President Donald Trump. Apparently, his entourage suggested that a meeting with the American leader would bring political dividends to the president. True, contrary to the hopes of Polish politicians, Mr. Trump did not clarify the prospects for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland and did not declare any significant agreements in the field of defense and security, confining himself to general statements. But, apparently, the rapid flight across the Atlantic still brought Mr. Dude extra points. According to polls, about a week before the election, about 41% of voters supported him. As a result, according to exit polls as of Monday morning, almost 43% of voters voted for him, and according to the results of processing 82% of the ballots, his result was already 45.7%.

«The advantage is great. I am very grateful, ”Mr. Duda assured his supporters immediately after the closure of polling stations.

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Фото: Kacper Pempel REFILE – CORRECTING LOCATION, Reuters

Less than 30% of voters supported his rival, but this is a good result, considering that in April his rating was only about 10%. Now it’s important how the candidates who take the next places will behave, for example, independent candidate, journalist and TV presenter Shimon Hololovna (13.3% of the vote) and Krzysztof Bosak (7.4%). If their supporters support the opposition candidate, then President Duda, with his predominantly provincial conservative electorate, traditionally supporting Law and Justice, may lose his post.

“I have no doubt that the voters of Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh look at family values ​​as I do,” said President Duda, in turn, speaking about the voters of the candidate from the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh (2.6% votes).

Earlier, the president sharply opposed permission to enter into same-sex marriage, reminding voters: the family is a union of a man and a woman.

His main opponent, in turn, shows much greater tolerance for same-sex unions. The President also hopes for the support of Krzysztof Bosak supporters. And if he manages to once again take the presidency, then the average salary in Poland will rise to € 2 thousand, Mr. Duda is sure. “In Poland, they must finally earn money as in the rich countries of Western Europe,” he said.

“More than 58% of our society wants change,” the mayor of Warsaw commented on the results of the first round of elections. “I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change.”

True, in relations with Moscow, even a change in the president of Poland hardly threatens radical changes. On the eve of the election, Andrzej Duda tried to blame his opponent that in 2014, when “Russia attacked Ukraine,” his party “Civic Platform” (now “Civic Coalition”) was in power and could not provide the Poles with a sense of security. To which Mr. Tshaskovsky retorted: there are questions, such as the presence of American troops in Poland and “Russian aggression against Ukraine,” which do not cause disagreements between the government and the opposition, and President Dude should not have used them “for political games.”

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the chances that Perm Region will be lifted are high

On June 30, a meeting of the operational headquarters should be held in the Perm Territory, at which the possibility of removing a number of restrictions will be discussed. Two consecutive days – June 28 and 29 – the distribution coefficient of coronavirus in Prikamye is 0.79. This is one of the important indicators of the phased lifting of restrictions – for the second stage, it should be less than 0.8.

In addition, over the past three days, 510 beds were additionally re-profiled for COVID-19 treatment in the province. The indicator “availability of free bed fund” amounted to 67.7 percent.

– Over the past two days, key indicators have been kept in the Kama region at the level of standards for moving to the second stage of lifting restrictive measures, – said Sergey Nikiforov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Perm Territory, in charge of healthcare. – This allows us to discuss the draft plan for the transition to the second stage.

At the second stage, street cafes, museums and exhibition halls, shopping centers up to 800 square meters, children’s clubs, public organizations, research institutes, playgrounds and kindergartens, including private ones, will be opened.

As a source in the operational headquarters told Komsomolskaya Pravda, the chances are high that the second stage in the Perm Territory will begin on July 1.

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“No need to hide from the virus in a cocoon!” – Perm epidemiologist about the current situation

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very cheap and long-known drugs help save the lungs with coronavirus

Cloving hospital on the basis of the Medical Scientific and Educational Center (ISSC) Moscow State University named after M.V.Lomonosov took the first patients on April 21 and completed his work on June 13. It turned out that it was possible to achieve the best treatment results for COVID-19 in Moscow. Over the entire period, 4 patients died, and among severe patients who got mechanical ventilation, the mortality rate was less than 14% (for comparison, the average for the city and the world was up to 70 – 80%). Eighteen doctors out of 220 employees of the hospital were infected with coronavirus, there were no deaths among the medical staff.

What approaches were used at the University Hospital of Moscow State University to achieve such results? We continue the conversation with the head. Department of Therapy, Faculty of Fundamental Medicine, Moscow State University, Head of the Department of Age-Associated Diseases, Medical Scientific and Educational Center, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Cardiologist Yana Orlova.

MEDICINE FOR COUGH FOR 80 RUBLES

– Most of those who are ill or are afraid to get sick are worried about fibrotic changes in their lungs. They say that you have developed special therapy that can reduce the risk of developing fibrosis. Is it possible?!

– Yes, we launched an appropriate clinical study. There are no final results yet, but we have developed clinical practice.

“What did you do to save the lungs?”

– We used a combination of bromhexine and spironolactone (both are long-known very cheap drugs. – Ed.). Bromhexine is an expectorant that has been prescribed to patients with pneumonia and cough for many years. At the same time, experimental data showed that this drug can block a specific enzyme and impede the penetration of coronavirus into cells. True, it was on this effect that we counted to a lesser extent in inpatients, since such an effect is important mainly in the early stages of the disease. But the expectorant effect of bromhexine really helps patients with COVID. I heard that our colleagues in Peter launched a study of bromhexine for prophylactic purposes. We will wait for the results.

Coronavirus infected 18 doctors from 220 employees of the hospital, there were no deaths among the medical staffPhoto: Ivan MAKEEV

FIBROSIS OBSTACLE

– The second drug – spironolactone – is traditionally widely used in cardiology for the treatment of heart failure, severe hypertension. It has a small diuretic, magnesium and potassium-preserving effect, continues Yana. Orlova. – It has several mechanisms through which it can be useful in coronavirus infection.

Firstly, a mechanism that prevents the development of fibrosis in general in the body. There are works that, in particular, show that spironolactone reduces fibrosis in the heart. At the same time, it is known that the tendency to fibrosis is not local, but systemic – where there is more inflammation, there will certainly be fibrosis. And we see, of course, fibrotic changes in the “covide” in our patients. Therefore, we prescribed spironolactone as a drug for the prevention of this process.

Secondly, this drug blocks sex hormone receptors, in particular testosterone. Some published studies suggest that “high-testosterone” men suffer from “covid” more often and develop more severe fibrotic changes. Therefore, blocking these receptors for several weeks during COVID treatment may be useful in reducing the severity of complications. We are not talking about a longer intake, since male patients are unlikely to agree with a decrease in testosterone levels in the long term.

And perhaps the most important point. In almost all of our patients, we observed hypokalemia (a decrease in potassium levels. – Ed.). With coronavirus infection, potassium is intensely excreted from the body, and scientific articles even suggest that hypokalemia serves as the trigger for a cytokine storm. So spironolactone has a real chance to reduce the risk of this dangerous complication. But the main thing, in my opinion, is that lowering the level of potassium in the body is extremely harmful to the heart and triggers life-threatening rhythm disturbances, increasing the risk of sudden death. We, like all others, replenished potassium with droppers, but it was more effective to retain it in the body with the help of spironolactone.


Men certainly get worse than women;  the elderly are heavier than the young;  overweight people are heavier than patients without excess weight Photo: Ivan MAKEEV

Men certainly get worse than women; the elderly are heavier than the young; overweight people are heavier than overweight patientsPhoto: Ivan MAKEEV

WHEN PRESCRIBED PATIENTS

– Yana Arturovna, how many patients did you have on average?

– About 10 – 14 days. But someone and 50 days.

– Have you noticed signs by which it can be assumed that the disease in the person brought is likely to go the hard way?

– Such studies were carried out in the world, our clinical practice confirmed them. Men certainly get worse than women; the elderly are heavier than the young; overweight people are heavier than overweight patients. Men with a classic male type of baldness, a lot of facial hair, we can say brutal men get sick harder.

– Under what conditions did you discharge patients?

– We acted as close as possible to the recommendations Ministry of Health: so that the temperature for three days was not higher than 37.5 degrees; so that C-reactive protein (an indicator of inflammation) is lower than 10 mg / l, and saturation, that is, the level of oxygen in the blood, is higher than 96%.

“HEAD OF EPIDEMIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF ITSELF WORKED AT SANPROPUSNIK”

– How often do you get sick doctors and nurses?

– In the first month no one got sick at all. We have a very powerful epidemiological service. The head of the sanitary-epidemiological department, a senior researcher, correctly organized the whole process, and for the first two weeks she personally worked in the sanitary inspection room at the exit from the “red zone” and helped doctors and nurses who were exhausted after the shift safely remove protective clothing.

Then both people’s fatigue and viral load accumulated. By the middle of the second month, sick people began to appear. There were no seriously ill patients. We treated part of the staff in our observation, part of it was treated at home. In total, 18 people were infected from the medical staff (less than 10%).

– Doctors take something for prevention? Vitamins C, D, Zinc?

– I saw the recommendations of American nutritionists, they speak out positively about taking zinc, melatonin and vitamin C. There were somewhat conflicting data on vitamin D. But we did not give any such recommendations to our employees. We have all the prevention was associated with minimizing contacts and other measures of epidemiological safety.

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34.67% participation at 5 p.m.

The Ministry of the Interior observed a participation rate of 34.67% at 5 p.m. for the second round of municipal elections – it was 15.29% at noon. A contribution falling compared to the first round. At the same time on March 15, it was 38.77% and in 2014 in the second round of 52.36%.

→ ANALYSIS. Municipal 2020: green wave and abstentionist tidal wave

The strategic cities of this second round

All parties want to capitalize on this fundamental election to glean local elected officials. Among the ten cities to follow in the second round, Metz and Marseille are as many municipalities where the mayors do not represent themselves and that the parties which passed the bar of the first round dispute.

The Republic on the move could see its candidate Alain Fontanel, who has forged an alliance with Les Républicains (LR), take the head of the town hall of Strasbourg.

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Environmentalists hope to keep Grenoble and create a surprise elsewhere such as Bordeaux, Besançon or Toulouse. In the pink city, they believe in the alliance that EELV has woven with several left parties to form a citizen movement.

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The Republicans, well established at the local level, bet on this election to restore their coat of arms and believe a lot in Rachida Dati to remove Paris. She faces outgoing mayor Anne Hidalgo (PS) and Agnès Buzyn (LREM).

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The National Gathering retained in the first round of cities conquered in 2014 like Hénin-Beaumont in Pas-de-Calais or Fréjus and Beaucaire on the Mediterranean arc. In the second round, he had views of Perpignan.

The Socialist Party wants to keep Nantes, Rennes, Paris and Lille. The rebellious France aimed to limit the damage by relying on “citizen” lists.

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a second round marked by the abstention and the shadow of the Covid-19

Participation in the second round of municipal elections this Sunday, June 28 has further decreased compared to the historical abstention rate recorded in the first round in March, marked by the coronavirus epidemic, according to the first figures released, while several polling stations have closed at 6 p.m.

→ ANALYSIS. Municipal 2020: green wave and abstentionist tidal wave

The Interior Ministry reports an attendance rate at noon of 15.29%, three points below what it was at the same time on March 15 (18.38%), but also 4, 5 points below that of the second round of municipal elections in 2014 (19.83%), and more than 8 points less compared to 2008 (23.68%).

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At 5 p.m., the participation rate was 34.67%, down compared to the first round at the same time when it was 38.77%. In 2014 in the second round, it was 54.72%.

The brand of Covid-19

This second round is organized with exceptional health precautions due to the Covid-19 epidemic: wearing of a mandatory mask at polling stations, hydroalcoholic gel and priority for vulnerable people to vote.

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The suspense is strong in some of the largest cities – Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Strasbourg, Lille … -, mainly under the pressure of environmentalists. In Le Havre, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who voted at 8:15 a.m., is also playing his future at Matignon.

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These municipal elections are held on the eve of a crucial sequence for President Emmanuel Macron, who voted around noon in Le Touquet before treating himself to a crowd, without a mask. The Head of State could, in the coming days, carry out a reshuffle and specify his stated intention to ” to reinvent oneself “ for the last two years of his mandate. As of Monday, he receives members of the Citizens’ Climate Convention at the Elysée Palace.

Meanwhile, voters were in no hurry at the polling stations, after a campaign mostly confined to social networks and the media. “There was too much time between the two rounds. People are outside this election “, sums up Elisabeth Revel, president of polling station 18 in Dijon.

Main innovation, of limited scope, to facilitate voting: the same proxy may have two proxies instead of one, to allow a larger number of people, especially the elderly, to vote without having to travel.

Big cities in the balance

Unlike other major cities, there is little uncertainty in Paris, where outgoing Anne Hidalgo (PS) contained its EELV partners in the first round by endorsing a resolutely green program itself. With around 44% of voting intentions, it is well ahead of its competitors LR Rachida Dati and LREM Agnès Buzyn.

For La République en Marche, the day of the vote is that of the end of the ordeal: few of its candidates are well placed and the low-cost campaign has hardly allowed them to make themselves known.

In Le Havre, Edouard Philippe is credited with 53% of voting intentions (Ifop). But the importance of the stake can mobilize the abstainers of the first round.

Right and left to confirm, the Greens to break through

Very weakened at the national level, the Socialist Party and The Republicans have recovered their health locally. The PS is able to keep its bastions – Paris, Nantes, Rennes, Dijon – and should return to the level it was in after the loss of very many cities in 2014.

The Republicans confirmed their establishment by winning in the first round many of the cities with more than 9,000 inhabitants they controlled. But a defeat in Marseille, which the right has held for 25 years, or in Toulouse, the fourth city of France, would have a strong political resonance.

Among the major challenges of this election: the EELV candidates, driven by the environmentalist wave, are targeting several large cities, including Grenoble, Lyon, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Besançon. For the Greens, who have long served as an auxiliary force, it is also a question of asserting themselves as the first on the left before the next electoral deadlines.

In Marseille, the second largest city in France, the left created surprise by leading the 1st round with the Marseille Spring coalition, followed by Martine Vassal (LR) who was dubbed by outgoing Jean-Claude Gaudin.

Emmanuel Macron’s main opponent at the national level, the Rassemblement national transfers its hopes to Perpignan after a mixed first round. If successful, it would be the first city of more than 100,000 inhabitants controlled by the party since 1995.

The municipal councilors, elected for six years, will then meet from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July to elect the mayors and their assistants.

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Polish President will be elected in the second round

The first round of the presidential election took place in Poland. Ahead of ten of his rivals, the first place was taken by the current head of state, Andrzej Duda. However, he won’t have enough votes to win the election: to limit himself to one round, he would need more than 50% of the vote, and according to exit polls, 41.8% of voters voted for Mr. Dudu.

Opposition candidate Rafal Tshaskovsky took second place in the vote. Having entered the election race only in April, he was able to sharply increase his rating in two months and received 30.4% of the vote. Earlier, the candidate from the largest opposition party, the Civil Coalition, was the vice speaker of the lower house of parliament Malgozhata Kidava-Blonskaya, but she was significantly behind in the ratings of Andrzej Duda. Therefore, when, due to coronavirus and political friction, the first round of elections, scheduled for April 10, did not take place and was again appointed this Sunday, the opposition nominated a new candidate. Now, judging by the polls, Rafal Tshaskovsky has a chance to get ahead of Andrzej Dudu in the second round.

Third place was taken by independent candidate, non-partisan journalist and TV presenter Shimon Holovnya. 13.3% of voters voted for him.

Read more about the election campaign in the article “Kommersant” “Visit of the election”.

Galina Dudina

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Spiegel: German prosecutor’s office found second suspect in the murder of Khangoshvili

The prosecutor’s office and the German Federal Criminal Police Office have come to the second possible suspect in the murder in Berlin of a Georgian citizen and Zelimkhan Hangoshvili, a native of Chechnya, the newspaper Spiegel reported. The first suspect, Russian Vadim K., was charged a week ago.

According to the German publication, the investigation calls the second suspect a certain Roman D. from St. Petersburg. According to the authorities, he could have participated in the preparation of the murder, but at the time of the murder he was already outside the EU. Spiegel clarifies that Roman D. entered the EU via Poland on August 3, 2019 by car, and left the EU two weeks before the murder.

According to the publication, the investigation concluded that Roman D. was involved in the murder on the basis of several facts. In particular, Roman D. and Vadim K. submitted documents for obtaining a passport and a Schengen visa on the same day. Also, the publication adds, both claimed that they worked as engineers at the St. Petersburg company ZAO Rust. In addition, according to their telephones, both men were in Orekhovo-Zuevo, Moscow Region, months before the murder. “Special FSB forces are training there. Another coincidence? ” – says the material Spiegel.

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was shot in the back of the head on August 23, 2019. The attacker was detained on the spot. They found a Russian passport with him. He did not go to cooperate with the investigation. German authorities call him Vadim S. or Vadim K. According to the German Prosecutor General’s Office, Mr. Khangoshvili was killed on behalf of the Russian authorities. Moscow denies the allegations.

On December 4, two employees of the Russian embassy were expelled from Germany. The German side considered that Russia provided “insufficient assistance” in the investigation of the murder. Moscow answered in a mirror and sent two employees of the German embassy.

About the investigation into the murder, in Kommersant’s article “The Glory of Boshirov and Petrov Excites Germany”.

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the recap’ of the first round, and the stakes of the second

It is left for the second round of the municipal elections ! The polls are open since 8 a.m. this Sunday morning, three months after the first round of the march 15, 2020. Sixteen million citizens are called to go to the polls to elect their mayor and their municipal councillors. 4 897 cities and boroughs (in Paris, Lyon and Marseille) are affected by this second round. In the 30 000 other communes, the municipal team has been elected in the first round.

Elections in an exceptional context

These municipal elections have been disrupted by the health crisis related to the pandemic due to the coronavirus. On the eve of the first round, on march 14, 2020, Édouard Philippe announces the closure of all “places open to the public which are not indispensable to the life of the country “ to stem the epidemic. But the prime minister holds the ballot of the next day, provided “strictly adhere to the instructions of aloofness and prioritization of the elderly and vulnerable “.

→ FIND the results for the second round of the municipal elections 2020 city-by-city on the 28th of June from 20 hours

The first round, therefore, takes place as planned on 15 march. But coup de théâtre : in an address to 20 hours, Monday, 16 march, Emmanuel Macron said the establishment of the containment. The second round of the municipal elections, to be held on 22 march in accordance with the electoral code, which is then carried over.

The act of 23 march 2020 on the state of public health emergency, provides for a deferral “no later than June 2020, due to exceptional circumstances related to the mandatory protection of the population to address the epidemic of Covid-19 “. The election on 15 march, is validated, and the lists and the candidates elected in the first round are invested once the confinement lifted.

At the end of may, the government fixed the second round in June 28. A date consistent with the Constitution according to the Sages. The candidates then have until 2 June to submit their lists to the prefecture. The election was however postponed for the French Guiana and Mayotte, because of the health situation of the two departments.

A first round marked by abstention

The winner of the first round is the abstention. 55,34 % of the voters did not go to the polls on march 15. A record for municipal elections, nearly 20 percentage points more than in 2014. The Covid-19 explains, of course, this high level of abstention. Even though health measures have been put in place, many of the French have preferred not to go to vote, to avoid being contaminated or contaminating others.

Result, some mayors elected in the first round have been with little voices compared to the number of students enrolled. The poll seems to have been favourable to the incumbent mayor, who represent 75 % of the councillors elected on 15 march. In the first round, the lists various right have harvested 17,28 % of the votes cast, and those various left, 15,10 %.

The Republicans maintain a quarantine of cities of over 20,000 inhabitants, particularly in the Alpes-Maritimes, like in Cannes, or in the Île-de-France. The left could, for its part, to rely on its local roots. 500 candidates Socialist party or related parties, and 200 heads of lists communists have been elected. France Insubordinate is victorious in ten municipalities of over 1,000 inhabitants. The national Rally canned in the first round as seven of its nine bastions premises, including in the cities of Hénin-Beaumont in the North, or in Fréjus, in the Var.

As for the presidential majority (lists of the centre and The Republic in March), she manages to get a sixty cities, often after being combined with the left or right.

A second round crucial for 1 500 common

The French have yet to elect nearly 4 900 municipal councils, of which more than 3 450 in towns of less than 1,000 inhabitants. This second round will therefore be quite decisive in 1 500 communes.

In Paris, the voters will have to decide between the mayor outbound Anne Hidalgo, along with the list EELV, Rachida Dati, candidate LR and Agnes Buzyn, head of the list for LREM. A triangular female favorable to the mayor PS, which was attended by 29 % of the votes for the first round.

Other city to follow on Sunday, Bordeaux, where the right is allied with the presidential party to try to retain the town hall. Nicolas Florian, outgoing mayor LR, who obtained 35 % of the vote, is based on Thomas Cazenave, candidate LREM, to counter the list led by EELV, the PS and the PCF, which was attended by 34 % of the vote.

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