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Bereaved 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.



Warsaw: 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.

"Poland is our common, great responsibility. It demands that we overcome personal suffering to take action despite a personal tragedy," Kaczynski said in a statement on the website of his Law and Justice party.

"This is why I have taken the decision to be a candidate for the office of president of the Republic of Poland."

Kaczynski`s identical twin, president Lech Kaczynski, perished in an April 10 crash near Smolensk, western Russia along with his wife Maria and 94 others including scores of other senior Polish politicians and military leaders.

"The life of the president tragically cut short, the death of the Poland`s patriotic elite, means one thing: we have to complete their mission," Kaczynski said.

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.

Polls had shown that Komorowski was likely to foil Lech Kaczynski`s re-election bid.

Surveys have also indicated that Komorowski, a close ally of Poland`s liberal Prime Minister Donald Tusk, will also defeat Jaroslaw Kaczynski in the snap election on June 20.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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