New Polish govt kicks off with minute's silence for Paris victims

16th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

Poland's new conservative government led by Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Monday observed a minute's silence for the victims of the worst-ever terror attacks on French soil at the cabinet's swearing-in ceremony.

"During such a difficult time in Europe, it's important for Poland to have a stable, efficient government," President Andrzej Duda said at the ceremony, referring to the Friday attacks that killed 129 people.

Earlier Monday the new cabinet members laid flowers, lit candles and signed a book of condolences at the French embassy in Warsaw.

For the first time since the fall of communism, the EU member is being governed by a single party, the Catholic and eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, which won an absolute majority in both houses of parliament at the October 25 general election.

Szydlo said that her government would be guided by the views of former president Lech Kaczynski, the late twin brother of Jaroslaw who died along with scores of other senior officials when his presidential jet crashed in 2010 in Smolensk, Russia.

© 2015 AFP

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