Poland profile

President: Bronislaw Komorowski

Polish President Komorowski President Komorowski was active in the civil rights movement in the 1970s

Bronislaw Komorowski, the speaker of parliament, became acting president on the death of President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in April 2010. He defeated Mr Kaczynski's twin brother and former prime minister, Jaroslaw, in the July second round of the presidential election.

A leading figure in the centre-right Civic Platform party, Mr Komorowski has served in several post-Communist governments since 1989, including a term as defence minister in 2000-2001.

He became speaker in 2007, and Civic Platform adopted him as its candidate for the presidential elections due in the autumn of 2010. These were brought forward to June-July on the death of President Kaczynski.

Born in 1952 and an historian by profession, Mr Komorowski was active in the anti-Communist civil rights movement from the 1970s.

Prime Minister: Donald Tusk (resigned)

The governing coalition led by Mr Tusk won a decisive victory in the October 2011 parliamentary election, putting him on course to serve a second term as prime minister.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk Donald Tusk is serving his second term as premier

His campaign had stressed his reputation as a safe pair of hands and a competent manager of the Polish economy.

It was the first time an incumbent government was returned to office for another term since the reintroduction of democracy in 1989. Analysts said the result was a sign of Poland's growing political stability after two decades of fractious politics.

In 2014, announced he was resigning in order to take up a job as president of the European Council.

The governing coalition of Mr Tusk's centre-right Civic Platform (PO) and the centrist Peasants Party

parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz to succeed him, although a rival of Mr Tusk within his own party, Gzegorz Schetyna, said he would challenge her for the post.

Mr Tusk became PM when he formed a coalition between his centre-right Civic Platform and the centrist Peasants Party after the parliamentary elections of October 2007.

The early elections were forced by the collapse of the right-wing coalition led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the identical twin of the then president Lech Kaczynski.

In his first term, Mr Tusk's government pursued a policy of close cooperation with the European Union. It also sought to use EU funds modernise Poland and privatise state enterprises.

Mr Tusk advocates deeper EU integration and eventual euro membership for Poland.

  • Donald Tusk resigned as prime minister in September 2014 to take up the post of president of the European Council. His close ally Ewa Kopacz has been designated premier and tasked with forming a government.

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