People need to feel taken seriously by authorities, President Andrzej Duda said Tuesday in Warsaw after receiving a Man of Freedom award from the wSieci weekly.
Andrzej Duda remarked that the prize really belonged to his voters and that he considered his 2015 election campaign an obligation.
"Actually this award should go to all Poles who went to the elections in the belief that they were free people and wanted their freedom, and therefore wanted a good change," Duda declared.
He also dedicated the prize symbolically to 2010-deceased Polish President Lech Kaczynski, stating that he would not be where he was without Kaczynski's "political school".
Thanking his political associates, he especially mentioned President Kaczynski's brother and current ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, without whose "risky decision" (to field him for the presidency - PAP) he would not have become head of state.
Recalling his campaign, Duda said he considered it "an obligation" towards Poles and that it had made him see that people wanted to feel taken seriously by authorities and that the administration was there to aid them in their affairs. He added that he saw his presidency as a "huge obligation".
wSieci editor-in-chief Jacek Karnowski remarked that it was Andrzej Duda's "energy and determination" in convincing Poles to his visions that made them elect him to the presidency. (PAP)