Lech Kaczyński Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Lech Kaczyński, (born 18 June 1949, died 10 April 2010)

Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since April 2010 Resolution of the Council of the Capital City of Warsaw No. LXXVIII/2330/2010 of 15 April 2010.

A Polish politician, President of the Republic of Poland 2005-2010. A Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and the University of Gdańsk, a specialist in labour law.
He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University, he was an assistant lecturer, then a lecturer in the Labour Law Department of the University of Gdańsk. During martial law he was interned for his activities in the Solidarity movement. He participated in talks in Magdalenka and in the Round Table talks in the group for trade union pluralism. After 1989, he served as the Security Minister in the Presidential Chancellery, overseeing the work of the National Security Bureau (Biuro Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego). In 1991, he was elected to the Sejm in the 1st term supported by the political party Centre Agreement (Pozrozumienie Centrum). In 1992-1995, he served as the President of the Supreme Chamber of Control (Najwyższa Izba Kontroli, NIK). In 2000, he was appointed by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek to the position of Minister of Justice. He was a co-founder and the first President of the political party Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS) and a Member of Parliament for the 4th term of the Sejm. From 18 November 2002 to 22 December 2005, he was the forty-seventh Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw, elected in the first direct elections. During his term the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising was celebrated. On this occasion, in July 2004 he opened the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, of which he was the originator and creator. During his term, departments of support for residents in District Offices of Warsaw were also created.
On 23 October 2005, he was elected President of the Republic of Poland.
By virtue of taking office he was made a Knight of the Order of the White Eagle, a Grand Master of the Order and Chairman of its Chapter, and a Knight of the Order of Polonia Restituta of the First Class, Grand Master of the Order and Chairman of its Chapter. President Lech Kaczynski died on 10 April 2010 in the crash of the government TU-154 aircraft near Smoleńsk, on the way to the ceremony on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Katyń Massacre. The crash also killed the President’s wife, and representatives of Katyń Families, parliamentarians, priests, veterans and soldiers. 96 people were killed in the crash. The presidential couple were laid to rest in the crypt of the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków.