Aleksander Kwasniewski

Polish politician and journalist

Aleksander Kwaśniewski (Polish pronunciation: [alɛˈksandɛr kfaɕˈɲefskʲi] (audio speaker iconlisten); born 15 November 1954) is a Polish politician. He served as President for two terms (1995-2000 and 2000-2005). He was, before being elected first time, member of the Democratic Left Alliance, but after assumed duties he became an independent. Before 1989 he was a member of Polish United Workers Party (communist). He was preceded by Lech Wałęsa and succeeded by Lech Kaczyński.

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

3rd President of Poland
In office
23 December 1995 – 23 December 2005
Prime MinisterJózef Oleksy
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Jerzy Buzek
Leszek Miller
Marek Belka
Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz
Preceded byLech Wałęsa
Succeeded byLech Kaczyński
Leader of Social Democracy
In office
30 January 1990 – 23 December 1995
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJózef Oleksy
Personal details
Born (1954-11-15) 15 November 1954 (age 68)
Białogard, Poland
Political partyIndependent (1995–present)
Other political
United Workers' Party (1977–1990)
Social Democracy (1990–1995)
Spouse(s)Jolanta Konty
ChildrenAleksandra Kwaśniewska
Alma materUniversity of Gdańsk

He was born in Białogard in Northwest Poland. Before became a politician, he was a journalist. Before became president, he was minister and deputy to the Sejm. In the late 1980s, he participated in the Polish Round Table Agreement.

In 1995 election, he won in the second round, but five years later he won in the first round.

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