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Bush meets with Prime Minister of Poland in Washington
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (L) after their meeting at the Oval Office of the White House March 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. Tusk is in Washington to discuss the inclusion of Poland in a U.S. missile defense system with President Bush. (UPI Photo/Alex Wong\POOL)
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Donald Franciszek Tusk  ( listen) (born 22 April 1957) is a Polish politician, co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska). He previously served as Vice Marshal (deputy speaker) of the Senate (1997–2001) and Vice Marshal of the Sejm (2001–2005). He also served as Leader of the Opposition (2003–2007). He is the current Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.

Tusk was officially designated as Prime Minister on 9 November 2007 and took office on 16 November. His cabinet won a vote of confidence in the Sejm on 24 November 2007. He is currently second longest serving Prime Minister of the Third Republic of Poland after Jerzy Buzek.

Tusk was born in Gdańsk. Tusk's father, also named Donald Tusk (1930–1972), was a carpenter. Donald Tusk's mother, Ewa Tusk (1934–2009), was a nurse. His uncle, Bronisław Tusk (1935–2000), was a sculptor from Gdańsk. His grandfather Józef Tusk (1907–1987) was a railway official who, as a former citizen of the Free City of Danzig, was compulsorily drafted by German Nazi authorities into the Wehrmacht on 2 August 1944. He deserted a few months later to join the Polish Army in the West on 24 November 1944.

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