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Donald Franciszek Tusk

Assumed office 
16 November 2007
President Lech Kaczyński
Deputy Waldemar Pawlak
Preceded by Jarosław Kaczyński

In office
19 October 2001 – 18 October 2005
Served Alongside:
Andrzej Lepper
Tomasz Nałęcz
Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski
Janusz Wojciechowski
Józef Zych
Preceded by Marek Borowski
Jan Król
Franciszek Stefaniuk
Stanisław Zając
Succeeded by Janusz Dobrosz
Jarosław Kalinowski
Bronisław Komorowski
Wojciech Olejniczak
Andrzej Lepper
Genowefa Wiśniowska
Marek Kotlinowski

In office
21 October 1997 – 18 October 2001
Served alongside:
Andrzej Chronowski
Tadeusz Rzemykowski
Marcin Tyrna
Preceded by Ryszard Czarny
Stefan Jurczak
Zofia Kuratowska
Grzegorz Kurczuk
Succeeded by Jolanta Danielak
Ryszard Jarzembowski
Kazimierz Kutz

Born 22 April 1957 (1957-04-22) (age 52)
Gdańsk, Poland
Political party Civic Platform
European People's Party
Spouse(s) Małgorzata Tusk
Profession Historian
Religion Roman Catholic

Donald Franciszek Tusk [ˈdɔnalt franˈt​͡ɕiʂɛk ˈtusk] ( listen) (born April 22, 1957, Gdańsk) is a center-right Polish politician, co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska), and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.

Tusk was officially designated as Prime Minister on November 9, 2007 and took office on November 16. His cabinet won the vote of confidence in the Sejm on November 24, 2007.



Donald Tusk (right) being appointed as Prime Minister by President Lech Kaczyński on November 9, 2007

Tusk was one of several vice-speakers of the Sejm (2001-2005), the lower house of the Polish parliament. Prior to co-founding Civic Platform in 2001, he was a prominent member of the Liberal Democratic Congress (Kongres Liberalno-Demokratyczny) and the Freedom Union (Unia Wolności). He quit the Freedom Union after he failed to win the party's chairmanship in a race against Bronisław Geremek.

Tusk's political position combines strong support of a free market economy with little government interference. Tusk has been a member of the Sejm since 2004.

Tusk represented the constituencies of Gdynia-Słupsk (2001-2005) and Gdańsk (2005-2007). As of 2007 he is MP for Warsaw. The Civic Platform nominated him as their candidate for the Polish presidential election, 2005. He was defeated in the second round by a margin of 46:54 by Lech Kaczyński.



On 27th October 2009, Tusk declared that he wants to partially delegalize gambling.[1] There are some concerns on Internet censorship, as Tusk wants to ban Internet gambling and monitor Internet connections and money transfers.


The Karlspreis of the city of Aachen will be awarded to Tusk on 13 May 2010 for his merits in the further unification of Europe.[2]


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Tusk graduated from the Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus) High School in Gdańsk in 1976. He then enrolled as a student of history at the University of Gdańsk, from which he graduated in 1980 under professor Roman Wapiński with a MA thesis on Józef Piłsudski.


Donald Tusk and his wife, Małgorzata, have two children, a son, Michał (b. 1982) and a daughter, Katarzyna (b. 1987). They reside in Sopot near Gdańsk.

Donald Tusk's father, also named Donald Tusk (1930-1972), was a carpenter. Donald Tusk's mother, Ewa Tusk (1934-2009),[3] was a nurse. His uncle was a Gdańsk sculptor, Bronisław Tusk (1935-2000). His grandfather Józef Tusk (1907-1987) was a railway official who (due to his Kashubian heritage) was compulsorily drafted by German Nazi authorities into the Wehrmacht[4] on August 2, 1944. He deserted only a few months later to join the Polish Army in the West on November 24, 1944. Donald Tusk belongs to the Kashubian minority in Poland. Tusk is a football fan and occasionally plays football or watches notable matches on television.

Electoral history

Polish presidential election, 2005

e • d Summary of 9 October 2005 Polish Presidential election results
Candidates and nominating parties Votes 1st round % Votes 2nd round %
Lech Kaczyński - Law and Justice 4,947,927 33.1 8,257,468 54.04
Donald Tusk - Civic Platform 5,429,666 36.3 7,022,319 45.96
Andrzej Lepper - Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland 2,259,094 15.1 - -
Marek Borowski - Social Democracy of Poland 1,544,642 10.3 - -
Jarosław Kalinowski - Polish People's Party 269,316 1.8 - -
Janusz Korwin-Mikke - Real Politics Union 214,116 1.4 - -
Henryka Bochniarz - Democratic Party 188,598 1.3 - -
Liwiusz Ilasz 31,691 0.2 - -
Stanisław Tymiński - All-Polish Citizens Coalition 23,545 0.2 - -
Leszek Bubel - Polish National Party 18,828 0.1 - -
Jan Pyszko - Organization of the Polish Nation - Polish League 10,371 0.1 - -
Adam Słomka - The Polish Confederation-Freedom and the Work 8,895 0.1 - -
Total (turnout 49.7 %) 15,046,350 100    

Prime Minister of Poland (vote of confidence)

  • Yes - 238
  • No - 204
  • Abstain - 2

See also


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jarosław Kaczyński
Prime Minister of Poland
2007 – present
Succeeded by
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Bogdan Borusewicz
Senate Marshal
Polish order of precedence
Prime Minister
Succeeded by
Bohdan Zdziennicki
Constitutional Tribunal Chairman

Simple English

Donald Tusk

Donald Tusk (pronounced [ˈdɔnalt franˈtɕiʃɛk ˈtusk], born 22 April 1957, Gdańsk) is the Prime Minister of Poland (from 2007). He is also the leader of the biggest Polish political party, Platforma Obywatelska (Civic Platform).


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