- Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz Prime Minister of Poland
8th Prime Minister of the Third Republic of Poland
7 February 1996 – 31 October 1997
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski Deputy Roman Jagieliński
Preceded by Józef Oleksy Succeeded by Jerzy Buzek Marshal of the Sejm
7th Marshal of the Sejm of The Third Republic of Poland
5 January 2005 – 18 October 2005
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski Prime Minister Marek Belka Preceded by Józef Oleksy Succeeded by Marek Jurek Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland
7th Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Third Republic of Poland
19 October 2001 – 5 January 2005
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski Prime Minister Leszek Miller, Marek Belka Preceded by Władysław Bartoszewski Succeeded by Adam Daniel Rotfeld Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland In office
26 October 1993 – 1 March 1995
President Lech Wałęsa Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak Preceded by Jan Piątkowski Succeeded by Jerzy Jaskiernia Personal details Born 13 September 1950
Warsaw, People's Republic of Poland
Political party Independent Spouse(s) Barbara Cimoszewicz Profession Lawyer Religion Atheist
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (Polish pronunciation: [vwɔˈd͡ʑimʲɛʂ t͡ɕimɔˈʂɛvʲit͡ʂ] ( listen), born 13 September 1950 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish politician. He was a member of the left-wing Democratic Left Alliance, the Prime Minister of Poland from 1996 to Autumn 1997, the Foreign Minister of Poland in the governments of Leszek Miller (2001–2004) and Marek Belka (2004–2005), the speaker of the Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish parliament) in January – October 2005 and the leftist candidate in the Polish presidential election of 1990 (received 9% of the votes) and of 2005 (withdrew before the elections and promised to abandon politics).
On 28 June 2005, Cimoszewicz declared his intent to run for Polish President (see: Election 2005). He instantly became a leader in the polls. He ran previously in 1990 and received 9.21% vote. In 1990, Lech Wałęsa and Stan Tymiński went on to the second round. Cimoszewicz did not run in the years 1995 and 2000 giving way to his close colleague Aleksander Kwaśniewski who twice became president. His election committee was chaired by the wife of President Kwaśniewski, Jolanta Kwaśniewska.
On 9 July 2005, Cimoszewicz caused a major political uproar by refusing to testify in front of the Orlen commission. He accused 7 of its 8 members of being politically motivated, partial and bent on undermining his presidential bid. Constitutional experts are split on whether his move was constitutional or if Cimoszewicz broke the law. 58% of the Poles disapproved of Cimoszewicz's behavior before the commission.
According to a poll by Rzeczpospolita, Cimoszewicz was a "hands down" leader on 5 July 2005:
- Cimoszewicz: 28% vote
- Kaczyński: 19%
- Lepper: 17%
- Religa: 15%
- Tusk: 11%
- Borowski: 5%
He was predicted to win the second round, independent of who was going to reach it from the second place. In the event the election was won by Lech Kaczyński.
In 2009, he was one of two candidates to replace Terry Davis as Secretary General of the Council of Europe. However, in September 2009, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe elected other candidate Thorbjørn Jagland as the new secretary general.
Political offices Preceded by
Prime Minister of Poland
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Adam Daniel Rotfeld
Sejm Marshals of the Third Polish Republic 1st term (1991–1993)Henryk Bąk · Andrzej Kern · Jacek Kuraczewski · Dariusz Wójcik · Józef Zych 2nd term (1993–1997) 3rd term (1997–2001) 4th term (2001–2005) 5th term (2005–2007) 6th term (2007–present) Prime Ministers of Poland Kingdom of Poland (1916–1918) Republic of Poland (1918–1939)Daszyński · Moraczewski · Paderewski · Skulski · Grabski · Witos · Ponikowski · Śliwiński · Nowak · Sikorski · Witos · Grabski · Skrzyński · Witos · Bartel · Piłsudski · Bartel · Świtalski · Bartel · Sławek · Piłsudski · Sławek · Prystor · Jędrzejewicz · Kozłowski · Sławek · Zyndram-Kościałkowski · Składkowski Polish government in Exile (1939–1990) People's Republic of Poland (1944–1989) Republic of Poland (1989–present) Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Republic of PolandLeon Wasilewski · Ignacy Jan Paderewski · Władysław Wróblewski · Stanisław Patek · Eustachy Sapieha · Jan Dąbski · Konstanty Skirmunt · Gabriel Narutowicz · Aleksander Skrzyński · Marian Seyda · Roman Dmowski · Karol Bertoni · Maurycy Klemens Zamoyski · Aleksander Skrzyński · Kajetan Dzierżykraj-Morawski · August Zaleski · Józef Beck Polish government in Exile People's Republic of Poland Republic of Poland Candidates in the Polish presidential election, 1990 → following Winner Lost in runoff Other candidates previous ← Candidates in the Polish presidential election, 2005 → following Winner Lost in runoff Other candidates Withdrew Died before election
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