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October 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A pro-business opposition party that wants Poland's troops out of Iraq appeared to have ousted Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's government in parliamentary elections Sunday, as Poles opted for leadership offering a more cooperative approach to the European Union. Donald Tusk's Civic Platform party led with 40% of the vote after about a third of the ballots were counted early today, which would give the party a strong showing in the 460-seat lower house.
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April 13, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The surviving members of the Polish political elite turned their attention Monday to the delicate task of reconstituting the country's leadership after a plane crash killed President Lech Kaczynski, heads of key institutions, lawmakers and military chiefs. It was a delicate, often distasteful, task. The Polish people are still mourning in streets littered with dying flowers and slick with hardened puddles of candle wax. Kaczynski's body was brought back to Poland, but the remains of the other 95 dead were taken to Moscow for identification.
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April 13, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The surviving members of the Polish political elite turned their attention Monday to the delicate task of reconstituting the country's leadership after a plane crash killed President Lech Kaczynski, heads of key institutions, lawmakers and military chiefs. It was a delicate, often distasteful, task. The Polish people are still mourning in streets littered with dying flowers and slick with hardened puddles of candle wax. Kaczynski's body was brought back to Poland, but the remains of the other 95 dead were taken to Moscow for identification.
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October 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A pro-business opposition party that wants Poland's troops out of Iraq appeared to have ousted Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's government in parliamentary elections Sunday, as Poles opted for leadership offering a more cooperative approach to the European Union. Donald Tusk's Civic Platform party led with 40% of the vote after about a third of the ballots were counted early today, which would give the party a strong showing in the 460-seat lower house.
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October 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Warsaw Mayor Lech Kaczynski won Poland's presidential runoff. Kaczynski, who promised to preserve social safety-net protections that have eroded somewhat in the 16 years since the collapse of communism, defeated pro-free market legislator Donald Tusk. With 91% of the votes counted, Kaczynski led Tusk 55.5% to 44.5%, election officials said.
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January 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Polish military plane carrying 20 passengers and crew crashed in northwestern Poland, killing all aboard, including a brigadier general, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said today. The plane was approaching an air base at Miroslawiec shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday when it went down in a forest. Officials initially said seven were confirmed dead.
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October 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A pro-free market lawmaker and Warsaw's mayor seemed headed for a runoff in Poland's presidential election after neither appeared to have gained 50% of the vote, according to preliminary results and an exit poll. With 91.5% of the ballots counted, 36% of voters had backed Donald Tusk, a pro-business candidate, and 33% had voted for Warsaw Mayor Lech Kaczynski. If the results hold, the two former activists with the anti-communist Solidarity movement would be forced into a runoff Oct. 23.
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August 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Poland's prime minister says his country will offer asylum or a $40,000 payment to any Iraqi working for its military or police in Iraq. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said his government approved the plan. Poland has decided to withdraw its troops from Iraq in October. There is a fear that Iraqis who worked for the U.S. allies could become the target of attacks. Tusk said the plan covers Iraqi interpreters and other workers. He did not say how many people it would cover. Poland contributed troops to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and now has 900 there.
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January 21, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Donald Tusk dumped his justice minister and three other top justice officials after an outcry over the apparent suicide of a man imprisoned for kidnapping and murder. Tusk said he accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Zbigniew Cwiakalski a day after the death of inmate Robert Pazik, who was found hanged with a sheet in his cell. Pazik was the third man believed to have committed suicide out of a group convicted in the 2001 kidnapping and murder of Krzysztof Olewnik.
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August 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk dismissed the official who was leading talks with Washington on placing part of a U.S. missile defense system in the country, saying his performance was not satisfactory. Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski will assume the post held by Deputy Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski. Tusk also said he was angry over an interview Waszczykowski gave to a newsmagazine in which he criticized the prime minister for his stance in the talks. Last month, Tusk rejected the latest U.S. offer aimed at getting Poland to accept the missile defense base.
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December 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Poland's president gave his approval Friday to a government plan that would end the country's military mission in Iraq by October, his website said. Poland still has 900 troops in Iraq, and the question of how much longer to keep them there had become a source of friction between President Lech Kaczynski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The new prime minister wanted the troops out by October, but the president wanted the mission to last longer.
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