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Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s change of image

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski wandelte sich im Wahlkampf vom Scharfmacher zum Friedensbooten. Quelle: dpa

Jaroslaw Kaczynski was transformed during the election campaign of agitators for peace boats. Source: AP

HB WARSAW. Komorowski vs Kaczynski: Who draws near future in the vacant presidential palace in Warsaw a? To apply for the successor of a plane crash killed in Lech Kaczynski in total ten candidates. Chance of success but have only two political heavyweights: his twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski (61) and Speaker of Parliament Bronislaw Komorowski (58), a confidant of Prime Minister Donald Tusk. For the largest country in Central Europe is an important direction of their duel choice.

If the decision on this Sunday for Kaczynski, is a continuation of the blockade policy between President and Parliament . Fear Then threatened Poland, a "political hell," warned the Prime Tusk. Because of the power struggle between his Government and national conservative President Lech Kaczynski, who used his veto again and again, had led to a backlog of reforms.

The belligerent would Jaroslaw as president, the situation deteriorate further, says Tusk. He sits on his fellow party member of the Civic Platform (PO), Komorowski. With him on the head of state would the pro-European Tusk liberal conservatives to have things firmly in hand and a mandate to modernize the country . Get Areas such as public finance, health care and pension systems require rapid reforms.

In early April seemed the outcome of the race for the highest office previously held: Komorowski was considered clear favorite. The chances of incumbent Lech Kaczynski to a re-election were themselves most loyal of his followers Rated skeptical.

But, as in an ancient drama, the fate of all political strategists a line made by the bill: Lech Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash in Russia, a few weeks later, the flood devastated large parts of the country. Originally, the election was planned in the fall, now for the election campaign there were only a few weeks. The grieving people expected to politicians another election – with less bickering and more Compassion and solidarity.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski immediately recognized the new Zeitgeist. He jumped for the dead brother as a candidate for President, to "accomplish the mission of the tragic dead. Former Prime Minister (2006-2007), who has been two and a half years acted as a hapless opposition leaders could benefit from a strong sympathy wave. Because Lech Kaczynski, unloved and controversial during his lifetime, after his death was a national hero.

To attract new voters, joined the national conservatives no longer a firebrand, but changed on the night of peace. "Let’s stop forever the Polish-Polish war," he called his Opponents. His motto, he chose the motto: "The most important part of Poland." Criticism of Tusk, post-communists, Germany and Russia did not come. "A wolf in sheep’s clothing," warned the politicians left Tomasz Nalecz. But Kaczynski’s paid off: The support for him grew rapidly.

Two days before the election led Komorowski (40 Plus) is still in the polls. His lead over the Main parties of more than 20 points early May shrank to about 10 percentage points. Under Researchers believe there is agreement that a runoff election on 4 July will be required. Komorowski will then have to fight for the votes of the losers of the first round, especially the support of leftist voters.

In the race for the presidency Komorowski had initially paralyzed. He and his party found themselves long forced to spare the grieving Jaroslaw Kaczynski. After the plane crash was the head of Parliament the business of acting head of state take over. The exercise of both offices frequently collided with the Election campaign. The profile of the pan-European and pro-German politician, who is considered to earth and predictable, but has no charisma, suffered from embarrassing breakdowns. Only in the final phase Komorowski took the initiative. Sun sued He Kaczynski, of his intention to privatize the hospitals subordinated to, and prevailed in court.

By the end of the death of Lech Kaczynski cast a shadow on the campaign. On Friday morning, prayed Yaroslav the occasion of the 61st Birthday on his brother’s grave in the crypt of Krakow’s Wawel Cathedral. Komorowski was one day earlier been there. He did so "to appreciate the magnitude of death," said parliament chief.