My deepest and sincere condolences to the Polish people! Proszę przyjąć moje głębokie wyrazy współczucia!
President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and Poland’s central bank governor and army chief, were on board a plane which crashed near Smolensk, Russia, on Saturday morning, killing all 96 passengers. The plane was travelling from Moscow and was about 2km (1.3 miles) from the airport in Smolensk, when it plunged into the forest.
Most of the plane’s 96 passengers, were part of a delegation en route to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, in which thousands of Poles were executed by the Soviet secret police.As well as government officials, relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre were also on board.
Some political commentators believe the tragedy could have far-reaching implications for the former eastern-block country.
In accordance with the Polish constitution, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Bronislaw Komorowski, who was set to run against Kaczynski in this autumn’s election, has become acting president. A presidential election to find a permanent successor must now be held before June 20.
Read Interesting observations by Newsweek HERE