April 13, 2010 |
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.
October 24, 2005 |
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.
January 24, 2008 |
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.
October 10, 2005 |
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.
August 20, 2008 |
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.
January 21, 2009 |
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.