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Poland in mourning

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Bronislaw Komorowski
Acting President of Poland

Bronislaw Komorowski

The Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Bronislaw Komorowski, became the Acting President of Poland after the tragic death of Lech Kaczynski, killed in a plane crash on April 10, 2010.

A member of the government's Civic Platform party, Bronislaw Komorowski is their candidate for the next presidential election, which constitutionally must be held by mid-june, 2010. Komorowski is required to call a presidential election within 14 days of assuming the position.

He was elected Speaker of the Lower House in 2007. Between 2000 and 2001, he served as Minister of National Defence in the government of Jerzy Buzek.

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The victims

  • Lech Kaczyński, Polish President
  • Maria Kaczyńka, Polish 1st Lady
  • Krystyna Bochenek, Vice-Marshal of the Senate of the Republic
  • Krzysztof Putra, Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland
  • Jerzy Szmajdzinski, Vice-Marshal of Polish Sejm
  • Aleksandra Natalli-Swiat, Member of Polish Sejm (PiS, Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc)
  • Jolanta Szymanek-Deresz Politician, (SLD, Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej)
  • Leszek Deptula, Member of the Polish Senate (PSL,Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe)
  • Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, Politician (SLD, Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej)
  • Sebastian Karpiniuk, Politician (PO,Platforma Obywatelska)
  • Grazyna Gesicka, Politician (PiS, Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc)
  • Janusz Kurtyka, President of the Instytut Pamieci Narodowej
  • Slawomir Skrzypek, President of the National Bank of Poland (NBP)
  • Janusz Kochanowski, Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection of Poland
  • Zbigniew , MP for PiS(Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc)
  • Przemyslaw Gosiewski, MP for PiS(Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc)
  • Grzegorz Dolniak, General secretary of The Civic Platform (PO, Platforma Obywatelska)
  • Franciszek Gagor, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army
  • Andrzej Kremer, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland
  • Mariusz Handzlik, Undersecretary of State in the Office of the President of Poland
  • Pawel Wypych, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of Poland
  • Aleksander Szczyglo, Chief of the National Security Bureau
  • Wladyslaw Stasiak, Chief of the Office of the President of Poland
  • Ryszard Kaczorowski, the former President of the Polish government-in-exile
  • Tomasz Merta, Deputy Minister of Culture
  • Lieutenant General Andrzej Blasik, Commander of the Polish Air Force
  • Major General Tadeusz >Buk, Commander of the Polish Land Forces
  • Brigadier General Kazimierz Gilarski, Commander of the Warsaw Garrison
  • Vice Admiral Andrzej Karweta, Commander of the Polish Navy
  • Stanislaw Komorowski, Deputy Minister of National Defence
  • Lieutenant General Bronislaw Kwiatkowski, Commander of the Polish Armed Forces Operational Command
  • Major General Wlodzimierz Potasinski, Commander of the Polish Special Forces
  • Janina Fetlinska, Senate member
  • Stanislaw Zajac, Senate member
  • Arkadiusz Rybicki, Sejm member
  • Wieslaw Woda, Sejm member
  • Edward Wojtas, Sejm member
  • Archbishop Miron Chodakowski, Orthodox Ordinary of the Polish Army
  • Tadeusz Ploski, bishop of the Military Ordinariate of the Polish Army
  • Ryszard Rumianek, Rector of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University
  • Joanna Agacka-Indecka, President of the Polish Bar Council
  • Piotr Nurowski, President of the Polish Olympic Committee
  • Maciej Plazynski, President of the Polish Community Association, former Speaker of the Sejm, Sejm member
  • Andrzej Przewoznik, Secretary-General of the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites
  • Wojciech Seweryn, Polish-American artist
  • Anna Walentynowicz, one of the major activists of the free trade union Solidarity in the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Janusz Zakrzenski, actor
  • Arkadiusz Protasiuk, pilot, captain
  • Robert Grzywna, crew member
  • Andrzej Michalak, crew member
  • Artur Zietek, crew member
  • Barbara Maciejczyk, stewardess
  • Natalia Januszko, stewardess
  • Justyna Moniuszko, stewardess