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Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski may prepare to step out of the shadows

Warsaw, Poland – For years, Poland has been ruled by a man with no official title or position in government. That may be about to change: Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and widely considered as Poland’s de-facto leader, a man who wields immense behind-the-scenes power despite holding no official cabinet post, may be preparing to step out of the shadows.

According to the website Wp.pl, Kaczynski may become the country’s next Prime Minister if his PiS party wins the upcoming parliamentary elections by a wide margin. According to speculations from the website, citing an anonymous source close to Kaczynski, current Premier Mateusz Morawiecki might stay on as deputy-Prime Minister in charge of economy and finances, as well as representing the country abroad.

Kaczynski however recently hinted he could step down as party chairman by 2023.

“Four years from now, someone else will stand in my place because I am of a certain age”, Kaczynski, 70, said at a ‘picnic” campaign event.

Head of the Law and Justice Party since 2003, Jaroslaw Kaczynski briefly held the post of Prime Minister in 2006-2007, at the same time his twin brother, Lech, was Poland’s President. Lech Kaczynski was killed in 2010 in the notorious Smolensk plane crash.

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