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New Polish generals will be appointed 'in due course': president

PR dla Zagranicy
Grzegorz Siwicki 10.11.2017 13:00
Poland’s president on Friday said he would appoint new army generals “in due course” once the modernisation and development of the country’s armed forces “are properly mapped out.”
President Andrzej Duda. Photo: PAP/Tomasz GzellPresident Andrzej Duda. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell

Speaking to a Catholic radio broadcaster, Andrzej Duda said he had “specific expectations” in this area and that he hoped Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz would meet these expectations “in a timely manner.”

Earlier, Paweł Soloch, head of the president’s National Security Bureau (BBN), told private broadcaster Radio Zet that Duda would appoint no new generals on Saturday, Poland’s Independence Day.

No military men will be promoted to general on Saturday, but the appointments may be made at a later date, Soloch suggested.

In early October, the defence ministry asked Duda, who is commander-in-chief of Poland's armed forces, to promote 14 senior military officers to general on the 99th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, according to the BBN.

Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki told reporters on Friday that the lack of appointments on November 11 would be "nothing out of the ordinary" and would not affect the country’s security "in any way."

There are differences of opinion between the BBN and the defence ministry over what the command system of Poland’s armed forces should look like in the future, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.


Source: PAP, IAR

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