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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

"Senate first Polish institution with democratic mandate"

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The Senate was the first institution in post-war Poland to win a fully democratic mandate, but being first also carries obligations, President Bronislaw Komorowski commented on Friday at the restored Polish Senate's 25th anniversary celebrations.

 

Referring to the 1989 Senate election, the president said: "It was a political knockout by the Solidarity camp, the camp of Polish freedom, performed on the previous system. The scale of the victory - 99 percent - was unprecedented."


Bronislaw Komorowski added that in the political reality of those times, the Senate fulfilled the role of an initiator of the great political changes that followed.


Also on Friday, one of the Senate rooms was officially named after the late Zbigniew Romaszewski, an anti-communist activist, legend of Solidarity and long-time senator after 1989.


President Komorowski opened an exhibition in the Senate presenting photographs by photo reporter Erazm Ciolek (d. 2012) documenting the main events leading up to the fall of communism in Poland, from Pope John Paul II's first visit in 1979 to the official presentation of presidential insignia to President Lech Walesa in 1990.


On July 4, 1989, the Polish parliament's lower and upper houses (Sejm and Senate) held their first sittings following a partly free election on June 4 and 18 of the same year. Though the Sejm vote was not fully free, the upper house was appointed in a completely free election, Poland's first since 1945. (PAP)
 

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