Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski says he will run for a second five-year term in May.

The announcement Thursday was expected. Komorowski is a popular leader who is far ahead of other candidates in opinion polls.

In Poland the president has many ceremonial functions, but also stands at the head of the military, has a say in foreign affairs and can veto laws.

Komorowski once belonged to the ruling pro-market Civic Platform party. He left it when he became president but still is aligned with that group.

He took office in 2010 after his predecessor, President Lech Kaczynski, was killed in a plane crash in Russia.

Elections are to be held May 10, with a runoff if necessary on May 24.