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Komorowski sworn in as Polish President.

KRAKOW TOURS – Bronislaw Komorowski has been sworn in as Poland’s new president, a month after his election victory.

Mr Komorowski defeated Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the late President Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash in April.

He will be the fourth president since the fall of communism, and wants closer relations with Germany and Russia.

Correspondents say Mr Komorowski is seen as someone who will lead Poland into a period of political stability.

Under the constitution, the president has power of veto and the right to make key nominations. But most executive power rests with the cabinet.

Mr Komorowski took the oath of office in front of MPs in the Polish parliament in the capital, Warsaw.

The 55-year-old father of five, who comes from an aristocratic family, became the fourth president since democracy was restored 20 years ago.

A social conservative, he ran as the candidate of the centre-right governing party, Civic Platform, which supports the free market and is pro-European.

He won July’s run-off election against Mr Kaczynski, the leader of the conservative Law and Justice Party, by a smaller margin than had been expected – 53% to 47%.

Mr Komorowski is unlikely to use his power of veto over legislation very frequently during his five-year term, something his predecessor did.

With a like-minded president and government, Poland appears to be entering a relatively rare period of political stability.

August 6, 2010 - Posted by | Events, News | , , , ,

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