Andrzej Olechowski

Polish politician

Andrzej Marian Olechowski [ˈandʐɛj ɔlɛˈxɔfski] (audio speaker iconlisten) (born 9 September 1947 in Kraków, Poland) is a Polish politician. He was one of the co-founders of liberal conservative party Civic Platform in 2001 with Maciej Płażyński and Donald Tusk. He served as Minister of Finance (1992) in the Jan Olszewski's Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993–1995) in the Waldemar Pawlak's Government.

Andrzej Olechowski
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Finance Minister of Poland
3rd Minister of Finance of the Third Republic of Poland
In office
26 February 1992 – 5 June 1992
PresidentLech Wałęsa
Prime MinisterJan Olszewski
Preceded byKarol Lutowski
Succeeded byJerzy Osiatyński
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland
2nd Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Third Republic of Poland
In office
26 October 1993 – 6 March 1995
PresidentLech Wałęsa
Prime MinisterWaldemar Pawlak
Preceded byKrzysztof Skubiszewski
Succeeded byWładysław Bartoszewski
Personal details
Born (1947-09-09) 9 September 1947 (age 75)
Kraków, Poland
Political partyCivic Platform (2001–2009)
Spouse(s)Irena Olechowska
ChildrenSons Marcin and Jacek

Olechowski was an independent candidate in 2000 presidential election, coming second after incumbent Aleksander Kwaśniewski. In 2002, he was Civic Platform's candidate for president of Warsaw but failed to even get to the second round. Afterwards he began moving away from politics.

He left the Civic Platform in July 2009 and started co-operating with the Democratic Party.[1] He was one of the candidates in the 2010 Polish presidential election, but got only 1.44% of votes and didn't get into the second round.


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