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Poles to vote for president in May, close to disputed WWII anniversary observances

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Feb. 7, 2013,  Poland’s first trans-gender lawmaker Anna Grodzka walks in the house of parliament in Warsaw, Poland. She is predominantly Catholic Poland’s first ever sex-change person to be entering a presidential racer in the May 10 elections. To become a full candidate, she needs to gather written support from 100,000 backers. She has already had a huge impact on the political scene, becoming perhaps the most prominent symbol of liberal change in the traditionally conservative country. . (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Feb. 7, 2013, Poland’s first trans-gender lawmaker Anna Grodzka walks in the house of parliament in Warsaw, Poland. She is predominantly Catholic Poland’s first ever sex-change person to be entering a presidential racer in the May 10 elections. To become a full candidate, she needs to gather written support from 100,000 backers. She has already had a huge impact on the political scene, becoming perhaps the most prominent symbol of liberal change in the traditionally conservative country. . (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Feb. 7, 2013,  Poland’s first trans-gender lawmaker Anna Grodzka speaks to The Associated Press in Warsaw, Poland. She is predominantly Catholic Poland’s firsts ever sex-change person to be entering a presidential racer in the May 10 elections. To become a full candidate, she needs to gather written support from 100,000 backers. She has already had a huge impact on the political scene, becoming perhaps the most prominent symbol of liberal change in the traditionally conservative country. . (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Feb. 7, 2013, Poland’s first trans-gender lawmaker Anna Grodzka speaks to The Associated Press in Warsaw, Poland. She is predominantly Catholic Poland’s firsts ever sex-change person to be entering a presidential racer in the May 10 elections. To become a full candidate, she needs to gather written support from 100,000 backers. She has already had a huge impact on the political scene, becoming perhaps the most prominent symbol of liberal change in the traditionally conservative country. . (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a Friday, Sept. 5, 2014  file photo of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski  as he speaks during a press conference at the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Poland will hold presidential elections on May 10,  2915 around the time of planned World War II remembrance observances that have aggravated a historic dispute between Poland and Russia. The campaign is also expected to raise emotions, because Poland’s first ever trans-gender candidate, lawmaker Anna Grodzka, and a former TV presenter with little political experience, Magdalena Ogorek, have said they will be running for a five-year term against incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski, who leads opinion polls. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

    FILE - This is a Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 file photo of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski as he speaks during a press conference at the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Poland will hold presidential elections on May 10, 2915 around the time of planned World War II remembrance observances that have aggravated a historic dispute between Poland and Russia. The campaign is also expected to raise emotions, because Poland’s first ever trans-gender candidate, lawmaker Anna Grodzka, and a former TV presenter with little political experience, Magdalena Ogorek, have said they will be running for a five-year term against incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski, who leads opinion polls. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)  (The Associated Press)

Poland will hold presidential elections on May 10, around the time of planned World War II remembrance observances that have aggravated a historic dispute between Poland and Russia.

The campaign is also expected to raise emotions, because Poland's first ever trans-gender candidate, Anna Grodzka, and a former TV presenter with little political experience, Magdalena Ogorek, will be running for a five-year term against incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski, who leads opinion polls.

Ogorek's candidacy has set off a political firestorm, with many observers saying she was chosen by a left-wing party only because of her good looks, while her last name can be a hindrance because it means "cucumber."

Parliamentary Speaker Radoslaw Sikorski announced the election date Wednesday, dismissing concerns that it's so close to disputed World War II remembrance ceremonies.