Szydlo, Beata Maria

Szydło, Beata Maria,

1963–, Polish political leader, grad. Jagiellonian Univ., 1989. A member of the conservative Law and Justice party, she was first elected to the Sejm, Poland's lower house of parliament, in 1995. She ran Andrzej DudaDuda, Andrzej Sebastian
, 1972–, Polish political leader, Ph.D. Jagiellonian Univ., Kraków, 2005. A member of the former Freedom Union party, he joined the Law and Justice party (PiS) after the 2005 parliamentary elections, becoming undersecretary of state at the
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's successful campaign for president in 2015 and after Law and Justice won a parliamentary majority became prime minister later that year, replacing Ewa KopaczKopacz, Ewa,
1956–, Polish politician. A graduate of the Medical Univ. of Lublin (1981), she worked as a pediatrician and as a health-care administrator. Kopacz was first elected to parliament as a member of the Civic Platform party, and served as minister of health
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. Szydło, who publicly led the party in the election, was regarded as a more popular face for Law and Justice than former prime minister and party leader Jarosław Kaczyński (see under Kaczyński, LechKaczyński, Lech Aleksander
, 1949–2010, Polish politician, grad. Warsaw Univ. (1971), Gdańsk Univ. (Ph.D., 1979). He and his identical twin, Jarosław Aleksander Kaczyński , 1949–, Ph.D. Warsaw Univ.
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), who remained the real power in the party and government. She served until 2017, when she was replaced as prime minister by Mateusz Morawiecki, the finance minister.
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