Andrzej Duda

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Andrzej Duda
Andrzej Duda portrait with flag.jpg
6th President of Poland
Assumed office
6 August 2015
Prime Minister
Preceded by Bronisław Komorowski
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 12 June 2015
Constituency Warsaw
Member of the Sejm
In office
9 October 2011 – 1 July 2014
Constituency Kraków
Personal details
Born Andrzej Sebastian Duda
(1972-05-16) 16 May 1972 (age 45)
Kraków, Poland
Political party Independent (2015–present)
Other political
Freedom Union (2000–2001)
Law and Justice (2005–2015)
Spouse(s) Agata Kornhauser (m. 1994)
Children Kinga (b. 1995)
Residence Presidential Palace
Alma mater Jagiellonian University
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Andrzej Sebastian Duda (Polish pronunciation: [ˈandʐɛj ˈduda] (About this sound listen); born 16 May 1972) is a Polish politician who is the sixth and current President of Poland, holding the office since 6 August 2015.[1] Before his tenure as President, Duda was a member of Polish Lower House (Sejm) from 2011 to 2014 and the European Parliament from 2014 to 2015.[2]

Born in Kraków in the former Polish People's Republic, Duda studied law at the Jagiellonian University, obtaining the position of assistant in the Administrative Law Department of Jagiellonian University in 2001 and a PhD degree in law in 2005, not graduating due to subsequently leaving the university to focus more on his political career. Duda was elected to become a member of the Polish Sejm on 9 October 2011, and once again to become a member of the European Parliament on 1 July 2014, an office he retained until shortly before being elected President.

Duda was the presidential candidate for the right wing Law and Justice party in the 2015 presidential election in May 2015, of which he won the first round, amassing a total 5,179,092 votes – 34.76% of valid votes. In the second Duda took 51.55% of the vote against the 48.45% share of his rival, then-incumbent Bronisław Komorowski, thus winning the election, and subsequently resigning from party membership on 26 May 2015.

Early life

Andrzej Duda was born in Kraków to Janina Milewska and Jan Tadeusz Duda, professors at the AGH University of Science and Technology. His grandfather fought in the Polish–Soviet War and later in the Home Army during the Second World War.[3]

Duda attended Jan III Sobieski High School, Kraków.[4]

Duda studied law at the Jagiellonian University. In October 2001 he was appointed as an assistant (holding M.A.) in the Administrative Law Department of Jagiellonian University, and in January 2005 obtained a PhD degree in law there. Due to his political career, he has been mostly on unpaid leave since September 2006, except for a 13-month interval beginning in September 2010, when he returned to the university.[5]

Early political career

Former President Lech Kaczyński appointing Duda as undersecretary of state in the Chancellery of the President, 16 January 2008

Duda began his political career with the now-defunct Freedom Union Party in the early 2000s.

After the parliamentary elections in 2005, he began his collaboration with the Law and Justice Party (PIS).[6]

From 2006 to 2007 Andrzej Duda was an undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Justice.

Then, from 2007 to 2008, Duda was a member of the Polish State Tribunal.

During the presidency of Lech Kaczyński, from 2008 to 2010, he was an undersecretary of state in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland.[7]

In 2010, he was an unsuccessful candidate to become the Mayor of Kraków as a PiS candidate,[8] but was more successful in the 2011 parliamentary election, where he received 79,981 votes for the Kraków area, and thus became an envoy to the Sejm.[9]

In September 2013, the news magazine Polityka commended him for being one of the most active MPs at the time, describing him as being open to opposition arguments and as refraining from personal attacks, as part of his role at the Commission for Constitutional Responsibility.[10] However, he did not sit out the term, becoming elected in 2014 as a member of the European Parliament.[11]

2015 presidential campaign

In the shade of the upcoming expiration of president Bronisław Komorowski's first term, Komorowski was able to seek re-election in a scheduled presidential election. Duda was Komorowski's Law and Justice rival in the election.

In the first round of the 2015 presidential election, Duda came first, receiving 5,179,092 votes and thus 34.76% of valid votes.[12]

In the second round Duda took 51.55% of the vote against the 48.45% share of his rival, then-incumbent president Bronisław Komorowski.[13] On 26 May 2015, he officially resigned from party membership.[14]


Andrzej Duda taking the oath of office, 6 August 2015
Duda with U.S. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump in Warsaw

The five-year term of Andrzej Duda began on August 6, 2015 with taking an oath of office during a National Assembly session.[15]

Duda rejected the European Union's proposal of migrant quotas to redistribute asylum seekers, saying: "I won’t agree to a dictate of the strong. I won’t back a Europe where the economic advantage of the size of a population will be a reason to force solutions on other countries regardless of their national interests".[16]

Eventually former Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz declared that Poland, as an expression of “European solidarity”, would take in 2,000 people over the next two years, mainly from Syria and Eritrea (out of 3,700 originally requested).[17]

Duda and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović were the originators of the Three Seas Initiative.[18]

Criticism and controversies

On November 16, 2015, basing on Art. 139 of the Constitution of Poland, Duda pardoned former Central Anticorruption Bureau (CBA) head Mariusz Kamiński and three CBA officers convicted by a court of 1st instance in the so-called Land Affair (Afera gruntowa),[19] marking the first pardon granted by a president before reaching a final verdict.[20] According to some lawyers (including professors Jan Zimmermann – Andrzej Duda's doctorate promoter, Leszek Kubicki – former Minister of Justice and Andrzej Zoll – former president of the Constitutional Tribunal) Duda has breached the Constitution of Poland.[21][22][23]

Andrzej Duda has denied swearing in any of the five Constitutional Tribunal judge candidates selected by the Sejm of the VII cadence and the three of those mentioned that were selected since 7 November 2015 whose election was declared constitutional.[24]

On 3 and 9 December 2015 the President swore in five other candidates for the same office selected by the Sejm of the VIII cadence.[25][26]

On 28 December 2015 Duda signed the Constitutional Tribunal bill passed in 22 December 2015 by the Sejm, which unequivocally breaches the Constitution of Poland according to the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland,[27] the Public Prosecutor General[28] and the Polish Ombudsman.[29]

In June 2016 Duda rejected appointing 10 judges selected by the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland.[30]

In July 2017, about 50,000 people demonstrated in Warsaw against changes in the justice system. On July 24, Duda informed the public he had decided to veto two controversial judicial bills backed by the government and passed by both houses of the Polish parliament. The President's spokesman subsequently said that the third act – the common courts bill – would be signed.[31] The veto was just one example of Duda opposing the policies of PiS.[32]

Personal life

Duda is married to Agata Kornhauser, a teacher of German at Jan III Sobieski High School in Kraków.[33] They had met at a party while still attending rival schools[3] and have been married since 21 December 1994.[34] Together they have one daughter, Kinga, born in 1995, now also studying law.[35] His father-in-law is Julian Kornhauser, a well-known writer, translator and literary critic of Jewish descent.[36]

He is a keen skier and while studying participated in the Polish Academic Championships in the Alpine skiing category.[3]

Duda is a devout Catholic, and the Church is very important to him. He took part in religious ceremonies on many occasions, including Midnight Mass, the blessing of food on Holy Saturday, or the Corpus Christi procession in Kraków.[37][38][39]



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  2. ^ Mularczyk, Arkadiusz. "Lista kandydatów na zastępców przewodniczącego i członków Trybunału Stanu" (PDF). Sejm of the Republic of Poland (in Polish). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Duda story – historia miłości, podboju gór i niespodziewanego wejścia w politykę". 14 February 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Rodzina Dudów: nowy prezydent jest zapalonym narciarzem i molem książkowym. Jego żona to wymagająca nauczycielka". TVP. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Andrzej Duda od blisko 9 lat jest na urlopie bezpłatnym z UJ". RMF FM. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
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  7. ^ "Andrzej Duda". Archived from the original on 2015-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Serwis PKW – Wybory 2010" (in Polish). Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  9. ^ "Serwis PKW – Wybory 2011" (in Polish). Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  10. ^ Paradowska, Janina; Dąbrowska, Anna (26 September 2013). "Posłowie na medal i posłowie z naganą". Polityka. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Serwis PKW – Wybory 2014" (in Polish). Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
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  15. ^ "[1]". 6 August 2015.
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  29. ^ "[11]",, 24 December 2015
  30. ^ Ewa Siedlecka, "Prezydent sądzi sędziów", Gazeta Wyborcza, p. 1, 29 June 2016
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  32. ^ "Poland's president turns on his former boss". The Economist. 12 October 2017. 
  33. ^ "Teachers". 
  34. ^ Wantuch, Dominika (25 May 2015). "Agata Kornhauser-Duda. Pierwsza Dama w stylu zachodnim". Gazeta Wyborcza. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  35. ^ ""Pierwsza córka" Kinga. W kampanii u boku ojca, chwaliła "energię, uczciwość i dobre serce"". TVN 24. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  36. ^ Marek Bartosik, Andrzej Duda: spóźniony pociąg do polityki Gazeta Krakowska 2010-11-19 (in Polish)
  37. ^ "Prezydent Andrzej Duda z rodziną na pasterce [ZDJĘCIA]". katk (in Polish). Super Express. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  38. ^ "Andrzej Duda z córką święci jajeczko". js (in Polish). Fakt. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  39. ^ Sikora, Kamil (17 August 2015). "Prezydent i kościoły. Od wyborów Andrzej Duda ma więcej zdjęć ze mszy niż z państwowych uroczystości". Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  40. ^ "Chancelaria das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas" (PDF). (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  41. ^ "Указ № 99 от 14.04.2016 г. За награждаване на г-н Анджей Дуда – президент на Република Полша, с орден "Стара планина" с лента". (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2016-05-03. 

External links

  • Official Biography of President Andrzej Duda
  • The official website of the President of the Republic of Poland
  • Polish Sejm
  • Wprost (in Polish)
Political offices
Preceded by
Bronisław Komorowski
President of Poland
Order of precedence
First Order of precedence of Poland
as President
Succeeded by
Marek Kuchciński
as Marshal of the Sejm
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