Aleksander Kwaśniewski (Polish pronunciation: [alɛˈksandɛr kfaɕˈɲefskʲi] (listen); 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.
|3rd President of Poland|
23 December 1995 – 23 December 2005
|Prime Minister||Józef Oleksy|
|Preceded by||Lech Wałęsa|
|Succeeded by||Lech Kaczyński|
|Leader of Social Democracy|
30 January 1990 – 23 December 1995
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Józef Oleksy|
|Born||15 November 1954|
|Political party||Independent (1995–present)|
|United Workers' Party (1977–1990)|
Social Democracy (1990–1995)
|Alma mater||University 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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