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Poland’s speaker of the Parliament ascends to its Presidency…..

I was asked who will run the Polish  country after the tragedy that took out most of the country’s top  politician’s…….

Poland’s interim President will be Bronislaw Komorowski……..

PiS żąda wyjaśnień od Komorowskiego

The country seems to be running smoothly inspite of the huge loss…proving that the political system there….. works……

Komorowski, the speaker of parliament who assumed presidential powers according to the constitution, vowed in a short televised address to work closely with parliamentary political factions in naming replacements for posts left vacant by the tragedy Saturday that took the lives of all 97 passengers aboard a Tupolev TU-154 presidential aircraft as it approached an airport in Smolensk, Russia, in heavy fog.

“The parliament should demonstrate unity in view of the national tragedy,” Komorowski said in somber tones.

As Komorowski spoke from inside the presidential palace, thousands of Poles lined up in silence on the esplanade outside for a chance to enter and sign their names on a condolence book. It was the third day running that grief and patriotism led large crowds to assemble spontaneously in front of the palace, where they placed flowers, lighted votive lamps or just stared at the building where Kaczinski had lived and worked.

Komorowski said many empty government and military posts had already been filled provisionally by assistants, permitting government to continue functioning. He said he would consult with parliament members of all parties beginning Tuesday on naming a swift replacement for Slawomir Skrzypek, head of the National Bank of Poland.

The Warsaw stock market, which reopened for trading, seemed unaffected by the tragedy and closed with little change. This was taken as a sign that Poland’s key economic actors have confidence in the political system’s ability to absorb the shock.

But because of the urgency of the job, Komorowski added, he already has chosen a replacement for Aleksander Szczyglo, head of the National Security Office. The choice was Gen. Stanislaw Marian Koziej, a career officer and former deputy defense minister identified with Kaczynski’s views on foreign policy.

Under Poland’s political system, the bulk of political power is exercised by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, based on his coalition’s majority in parliament. No cabinet ministers were killed in the crash, and as a result, it was not seen as a threat to government stability or the ordinary march of affairs in the bureaucracy.

But the president, who is elected by universal suffrage, is the military commander-in-chief and wields veto power over legislation. In addition, Kaczynski had strong influence over foreign policy, pushing for strong alliances with the United States and NATO and skepticism toward Russia.


April 12, 2010 - Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | ,


  1. Poles in chicago are reallly shaken by this. One actually said he wondered if Poland was cursed. Rememeber Russia ruled Poland from 1788-1918 and the Hitler attacked them and divided the country with Stalin in 1940. 1/5 Poles died in WWII then they suffered for years under the Soviets. These people have been through alot. My former priest lived under the Soviet dominated government.

    Comment by illinois Brandon | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. True that Brandon…a guy I work with said the same thing yesterday about the Russian’s and the crash…..

    Deep resentment and not trust between the two people’s…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. james b,
    Illinois and New York State have the largest Polish American populations by pure numbers a million each. In Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Conn Poles make up 9-10 percent of the population statewide. Polish in Chicago runs neck and neck with spanish for the number 2 league. About a quarter of our Poles are foreign born. Is that guy you work with Polish?

    Comment by illinois Brandon | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  4. NO….He’s an American…..he was born and grew up in Poland….but he’s an American Citizen now!

    He, he, he……

    He got here about 15 years ago……

    Listen ….NYC has more of people from other countries that some of the countries themselves…..the NYC Metro area has about 15 million people!

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  5. I should say an American of Polish descent. I’m an American of English, German, Italian, Irish and Dutch descent.

    Comment by illinois Brandon | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  6. He, he, he…..

    We’re all here from somebody who came from somewhere else……

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 13, 2010 | Reply

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