Poles pour into churches to pray for Pope

WARSAW, Poland, April 1 (UPI) -- Poles poured into churches Friday to pray for Pope John Paul II, their country's most famous son, who was reportedly in "very serious condition."

Polish president lambasted over scandal

WARSAW, Poland, March 8 (UPI) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski was criticized Tuesday for failing to appear before a parliamentary commission investigating privatization fraud.

Polish PM to force early elections

WARSAW, Poland, March 4 (UPI) -- Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka has threatened to resign in May to force early elections, Polish Television reported Friday.

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U.S., Europe speak as one on Iran

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- President Bush says the United States and its European allies speak with one voice in pressing Iran to drop its nuclear weapons ambitions.

Polish official says EU must act on Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A Polish official said Tuesday Poland supports Ukraine's European Union membership aspirations and called on Brussels to work out a viable eastern policy.

Cheney represents U.S. at Auschwitz event

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney will represent the United States at ceremonies marking the World War II liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkinau death camps.

Polish president sees euro entry in 5 years

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said Thursday he expected Poland to adopt the euro within the next five years.

Polish president calls for June elections

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said Friday he supported holding parliamentary elections in June. Kwasniewski, once the leader of the ruling Democratic Left Alliance, also said he was opposed to a plan to hold the elections at the same time as a r

Polish, Russian leaders hold talks

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks by phone over the weekend to repair relations.

Angry Putin lashes out at West

MOSCOW, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday accused the West of using double standards against Russia's allies, the Moscow Times reported.

Poland supports Iraq war PM says

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski moved to quash speculation Thursday his country was backing away from its commitments in Iraq.

German FM welcomes Ukraine deal

BERLIN, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- German Foreign Minister Joscka Fischer welcomed the new compromise agreement in Ukraine Wednesday.

Ukraine house votes to fire Yanukovych

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Political chaos in the Ukraine entered its 10th day Wednesday as parliament voted to fire Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and form an interim government.
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Aleksander Kwasniewski
WAP20030114 - WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush welcomes President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland to the White House on Jan. 14, 2003 in Washington..mk/MichaelKleinfeld UPI

Aleksander Kwaśniewski (Polish pronunciation:   ( listen); born November 15, 1954) is a Polish politician who served as the President of Poland from 1995 to 2005. He was born in Białogard, and during communist rule he was active in the Socialist Union of Polish Students and was the Minister for Sport in the communist government in the 1980s. After the fall of communism he became a leader of the left-wing Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland, successor to the former ruling Polish United Workers Party, and a co-founder of the Democratic Left Alliance.

Kwaśniewski was democratically elected president in 1995, defeating the incumbent, Lech Wałęsa. He was re-elected to a second and final term as president in 2000 in a decisive first-round victory. His term ended on December 23, 2005, when he handed over power to his elected successor, conservative Lech Kaczyński.

In 1979 he married lawyer Jolanta Kwaśniewska (née Konty). Together they have one daughter, Aleksandra Kwaśniewska, who was born in 1981.

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