Ewa Kopacz is new Prime Minister


President Bronislaw Komorowski has appointed the Speaker of the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, Ewa Kopacz to be Poland’s next Prime Minister. She replaces Donald Tusk who is leaving to take up the post of President of the European Council.

Warsaw Voice reports that the Cabinet should be known this week with swearing in to take place on 22nd September and the vote of confidence on 27th September.

Ewa Kopacz (57) is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the Medical University of Lublin and specialised in paediatrics and family medicine moving to Szydtowiec as a practitioner. From 1998-2001 she served as the Regional Council councillor in Mazowiecki when she joined Civic Platform (PO).

Ewa Kopacz was elected to parliament in 2001 and in 2006 became the Chair of the Health Committee. In October 2010 she became Civic Platform’s Vice-President and in 2007 was appointed Minister of Health. In November 2011 she was elected Speaker of the lower house. Ewa Kopacz divorced in 2008 and has one daughter.

Ms. Kopacz is Poland’s second woman prime minister, the first being Hanna Suchocka who served from July 1992 to October 1993.

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