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Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz

In office
October 31, 2005 – July 14, 2006
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Lech Kaczyński
Vice PM Ludwik Dorn, Zyta Gilowska, Roman Giertych, Andrzej Lepper
Preceded by Marek Belka
Succeeded by Jarosław Kaczyński

Minister of State Treasury (acting)
In office
January 4, 2006 – February 15, 2006
President Lech Kaczyński
Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz
Preceded by Andrzej Mikosz
Succeeded by Wojciech Jasiński

In office
July 20, 2006 – December 2, 2006
President Lech Kaczyński
Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński
Preceded by Mirosław Kochalski (acting)
Succeeded by Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz

Born December 20, 1959 (1959-12-20) (age 50)
POL Gorzów Wielkopolski Flag.svg Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland People's Republic of Poland
Political party Law and Justice, -
Spouse(s) Maria Marcinkiewicz (divorced)
Profession Physicist
Religion Roman Catholic

Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz (Polish pronunciation: [kaˈʑimʲɛʐ martɕinˈkʲevʲitʂ]  ( listen)) (born December 20, 1959 in Gorzów Wielkopolski) is a Polish conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of Poland from October 31, 2005 to July 14, 2006. He was a member of the Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS).


Early life

Marcinkiewicz graduated in 1984 from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (having studied physics) of the Wrocław University. He also completed post-graduate course in Administration at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He worked as an elementary school teacher and a headmaster in his homecity of Gorzów Wielkopolski.

In the 1980s, he was also a member of the Solidarity movement and editor of underground press materials. In 1992, he became a State Secretary (formal name for deputy minister) in the Ministry of National Education. From 1999 to 2000, he was the cabinet chief for prime minister Jerzy Buzek.

Cabinet of Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz

Following the victory of the Law and Justice party in the September 2005 Polish parliamentary elections, its prime ministerial candidate, party leader Jarosław Kaczyński decided against becoming prime minister so as not to damage the chances of his twin brother, Lech Kaczyński in the then-upcoming October presidential election. Instead the little-known Marcinkiewicz became PM, leading a coalition formed by Jarosław, who remained in the background, but influential.

Before his prime ministerial appointment, Marcinkiewicz remained a political cipher, which resulted in a political carte blanche after the appointment. Relatively unknown to the public at that time, due to his intensive political activity Marcinkiewicz gained a high public recognition, rapidly becoming the most trusted and popular politician in Poland.


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Marcinkiewicz strongly supports Polish membership in EU, although he disagrees with several more integrationist ideas, such as the European Constitution.[citation needed] Economic policy of his cabinet is a continuation of those conducted by previous governments.[citation needed]

Following speculations of a rift with Jarosław Kaczyński, Marcinkiewicz tendered his resignation on July 7, 2006, maintaining however that no one will insert a wedge between him and Kaczyński, words he directed at Donald Tusk. [1] He was succeeded as prime minister on July 14 by Kaczyński.

Acting mayor of Warsaw

On July 18, Marcinkiewicz was appointed as the temporary acting mayor of Warsaw, a so-called "comissar". During the municipal elections in 2006, he was the Law and Justice candidate for mayor of Warsaw. In the first round of voting, held on November 12, he got 38.42%, while his closest rival, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz of the opposition Civic Platform won 34.15% of the votes. In the second round, held on November 26, he got 46.82% of the votes, thus losing the elections. Since 1 March 2007 he is one of the directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development[1].


In the first half of 2009 he came under heavy criticism because of not keeping up with the moral values he promoted while being engaged in politics. In particular, it was discovered that he was criticizing extra-marital affairs and praising traditional family values, while at the same time in his personal actions he followed a contrary way [2]. He submitted the material about his private life to the press himself gaining wide press coverage.[citation needed]


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Preceded by
Marek Belka
Prime Minister of Poland
Succeeded by
Jarosław Kaczyński


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Polish prime minister

"Poker is poker." – on negotiating the budget for the European Union, 2005. Edward Stourton (2006-03-13) Inside the British Presidency. BBC Radio 4.

"Yes, yes, yes!"


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