Kaczynski Twin to Seek Poland Presidency
Former Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has announced his intention to seek the post left by his late twin brother President Lech Kaczynski.
Jaroslaw said he will challenge acting president and current Parliamentary Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski in the June 20 special elections in order to continue the unfinished missions of his twin brother, who died on April 10 when the presidential plane crashed in Smolensk, Russia.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is a 60-year-old bachelor, is the current leader of the Law and Justice Party. He served as Prime Minister from July 2006 to November 2007. Kaczynski said “the good of Poland” is what drove him to seek the presidency in the face of the “personal tragedy.” Komorowski has been touted as the frontrunner for the upcoming elections, which was originally scheduled in the fall.
However, with the sympathy of the people tilted towards the late president, it is not impossible for Jaroslaw to pull off an upset. President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and close to 100 high-ranking officials died when the presidential plane crashed while the Polish contingent was headed to attend the 60th anniversary of the Katyn forest massacre, where 22,000 Polish officers were slaughtered by Soviet military.