Twin Kaczynski runs for Polish president

Poles are due to elect a new president on June 20 following the death of Lech Kaczynski.

Twin Kaczynski runs for Polish president

Polish opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski announced on Monday that he would run in June's contest to become president in succession to his identical twin after his death in an air crash in Russia.

Poles are due to elect a new president on June 20 following the death of Lech Kaczynski, along with 95 other people, mostly senior Polish officials, in a plane crash in Russia on April 10. "The tragically curtailed life of the president, the death of Poland's patriotic elite, means just one thing for us: we must finish their mission," Kaczynski said in a statement.

"Poland is our great shared obligation. We are required to overcome our personal pain and to take on this mission despite the personal tragedy. That's why I have taken the decision to run for the presidency of Poland."

The crash delivered a blow to Poland's body politic and plunged the country into a week of deep mourning, culminating in a state funeral for Kaczynski and his wife Maria at Wawel cathedral in Krakow on April 18.

Under Polish law, the country's liberal speaker of parliament, Bronislaw Komorowski, stepped up to become acting head of state after the crash.

Komorowski had already been preparing to run against Lech Kaczynski in a scheduled presidential ballot in October when the latter's first five-year mandate was due to end.

"In reality, it won't be him (Jaroslaw Kaczynski) running, it will be his brother. His campaign team will play on sympathy for his brother," said Krzysztof Bobinski, head of the Unia & Polska Foundation, a Warsaw think-tank.

It will be difficult for him to win more than 20 to 25 percent, Bobinski said.

"Kaczynski would have a chance to win only if other candidates make mistakes. This is a difficult situation for everybody. This is not a normal election campaign but I think that generally political attitudes have not changed among voters."


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