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Ear to the Ground

Poles Head to the Polls

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Posted on Jun 20, 2010
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President Lech Kaczynski’s daughter Marta kneels at his casket at a state funeral April 18. Kaczynski and his wife were among 96 people killed when their plane crashed while trying to land in heavy fog in Smolensk, Russia, on April 10.

Poland’s presidential election is finally under way following the death of the country’s last president, Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash two months ago. Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski was the favorite going in, expected to defeat the late president’s twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

The new president will take over at a time of key decisions for Poland, including integration into the euro zone, ending the unpopular mission in Afghanistan and carrying out market reforms. —JCL

The Guardian:

Voting is under way in Poland’s presidential elections, more than two months after the country’s last president, Lech Kaczynski, was killed in a plane crash.

The late president’s identical twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, faces an uphill battle to defeat the favourite, acting president Bronislaw Komorowski, despite a recent surge in sympathy for him.

The outcome is expected to shape Poland’s stance on issues such as the adoption of the euro, welfare reform and its mission in Afghanistan.

Poland is the only European Union country to have avoided recession during the global economic downturn. The election will also determine how it reacts to the new debt crisis.

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By huckleberry_finn, July 18, 2010 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

Hopefully this time more sane
person would be elected.

You should also check
this one out

It’s quite informative in the sense of understanding
the principles of continuity of Polish policy.

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By last_boy_scout, July 1, 2010 at 4:23 am Link to this comment

I’m not Polish originally, but I used to live in the
country for awhile. Hopefully this time more sane
person would be elected.

I’d better stake at Komorowski rather than this
hypocrytical Kaczynski twin brother. Poland is tired of
all these anti-Russian talks, constant tensions with
the previously friendly EU neighbors and the economic
failures of the government. Jaroslaw is seemingly about
to sing good ole “Fourth Republic song” —
http://www.win.ru/en/school/4641.phtml.

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