Kaczyński brothers named top Polish politicians of last 25 years
PR dla Zagranicy
Ruling party chief Jarosław Kaczyński and his late brother Lech have been named as the top Polish political figures of the last 25 years by a conservative publication.
The cover of the latest issue of Gazeta Polska. Photo: Polish Radio
According to Tomasz Sakiewicz, editor-in-chief of the Gazeta Polska weekly magazine, the Kaczyński brothers deserve the designation because they “have completely transformed Poland, leading it from post-communism to normality and fully sovereign statehood.”
Lech Kaczyński “paid for this with his life,” Sakiewicz wrote in an editorial, adding that Lech Kaczyński’s geopolitical vision was “beginning to triumph today.”
Jarosław Kaczyński, meanwhile, “is at the helm of the strongest independence-minded political group in Polish history,” one that is “rapidly changing the country,” according to Sakiewicz.
The Kaczyński brothers were members of Poland’s democratic opposition under communism. After communism fell in Poland in 1989, they both served as senators.
Jarosław Kaczyński was Poland’s prime minister in 2006-2007. He heads the country’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.
His twin brother Lech Kaczyński managed the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) and was then justice minister in the government of Jerzy Buzek in 2000-2001. From 2002 to 2005 he was mayor of Warsaw. In 2005, he was elected president of Poland. He died in a plane crash near Smolensk, western Russia, in 2010.
The official awards ceremony is scheduled for February 6.
Source: IAR, Polish Radio