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POLAND: Kornel Morawiecki

Kornel Morawiecki passed away yesterday, after a long illness, at the age of 78. Kornel Morawiecki, the father of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, was one of Poland’s most prominent anti-communist opposition leaders. He was the founder and leader of the “Fighting Solidarity”, a splinter of the Solidarity movement in the 1980s. In modern Poland, Kornel Morawiecki lectured at the Wrocław University of Technology. He took an active role in shaping the political scene and in 2015 was elected as an MP from the Kukiz’15 Movement and took the honorary position of Senior Marshal of the Sejm. Later he created his own parliamentary club. In the upcoming general election, Kornel Morawiecki was PiS’ candidate for Senator in the Podlasie constituency. The Deputy Speaker of the Podlasie Regional Assembly Marek Komorowski is expected to run for Senator instead.

Politicians from all parties and groupings have conveyed their condolences to the Morawiecki family; Kornel Morawiecki was well-respected across the political spectrum. The event will resonate in the public debate at the finish of this election campaign. The opposition’s rhetoric against the PM is likely to be toned down. It remains to be seen how significantly this event will effect PM Mateusz Morawiecki. Some commentators have already suggested that a sympathy vote may be favourable to the PM and the ruling PiS party as a whole.