Poland launches independence centenary observances
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish President Andrzej Duda was on Tuesday set to address parliament as the country prepares to mark the centenary of regaining independence next year.
Preparations for a joint session of both houses of Poland's parliament on Tuesday morning. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz
Duda’s speech to the National Assembly, or the joint houses of parliament, will officially start year-long commemorations of the anniversary, the president's spokesman, Krzysztof Łapiński, has said.
December 5 marks 150 years since the birth of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, a statesman and military leader who is seen as a key architect of Poland’s independence.
President Duda has appointed a special committee composed of members of various political parties and organisations to coordinate work to commemorate the milestone with a bang nationwide.
Poland regained independence on November 11, 1918, the day World War I ended, after 123 years of partition by Russia, Austria and Prussia.