Ruling party chief Jarosław Kaczyński and his late twin brother Lech, a former president, have been honoured as the top Polish political figures of the last 25 years by a conservative publication.
According to Tomasz Sakiewicz, editor-in-chief of the Gazeta Polska weekly magazine, the Kaczyński brothers deserve the designation because they “have completely transformed Poland, leading it from post-communism to normality and fully sovereign statehood.”
Sakiewicz has said in an editorial that Lech Kaczyński’s geopolitical vision was “beginning to triumph today.”
The Kaczyński brothers were members of Poland’s democratic opposition under communism. After communism fell in Poland in 1989, they both served as senators.
Jarosław Kaczyński was Poland’s prime minister in 2006-2007. He heads the country’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.
His twin brother Lech Kaczyński managed the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) and was then justice minister in the government of Jerzy Buzek in 2000-2001. From 2002 to 2005 he was mayor of Warsaw. In 2005, he was elected president of Poland. He died in a plane crash near Smolensk, western Russia, in 2010.
The official awards ceremony was held in Warsaw on Tuesday evening.
The ceremony also saw Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki collect a Man of the Year award.