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Parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz appointed Poland’s Prime Minister

Poland's PM designate Ewa Kopacz and President Bronislaw Komorowski
President Bronislaw Komorowski designated Sejm lower house speaker Ewa Kopacz as Poland’s Prime Minister to succeed Donald Tusk, and tasked her with presenting the line-up of the new government and putting it to a vote in parliament.

The new Cabinet should be known this week and sworn in by Komorowski on Sept. 22. The new PM's inaugural policy speech and the vote of confidence will likely be held on September 27, governmental spokesperson Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska told reporters on Monday.

Kopacz, 57, a politician of governing party Civic Platform (PO), will take over the post from Tusk, who was appointed as chief of the European Council, a post he will assume on December 1.

The President accepted Tusk's resignation on Thursday, September 11 and needs to appoint a new government within 14 days of that date, according to the Polish constitution.

Along with Tusk's departure to Brussels, Kopacz, now PO’s first deputy leader, will inherit the position of the party leader.

A former pediatrician and health minister, Kopacz is Poland’s second female prime minister after Hanna Suchocka, who served in the early 1990s. The new PM will head the center-right governing coalition comprising PO and the agrarian Polish People's Party (PSL) until parliamentary elections next autumn. Kopacz has said she will focus on implementing the agenda set out by her predecessor.


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