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Prime Minister Tusk Named New European Council President
In late August 2014, Prime Minister Tusk was named the next president of the European Council. Therefore, on September 9, Tusk resigned as prime minister. Six days later, President Komorowski asks Ewa Kopacz to form a new government. She assumed the office of prime minister on Sept. 22.
Kopacz became the second female prime minister after Hanna Suchocka. A member of the Civic Platform Party like her predecessor Tusk, Kopacz faced overcoming her party's recent leaked tape scandal in time to win the general election in 2015.
In the May 2015 presidential run-off, Andrzej Duda upset incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski. The conservative Law and Justice party candidate, Duda received over 51% of the vote. Komorowski received 48%. Duda took office on August 6, 2015.
Beata Szydlo became Poland's third female prime minister on Nov. 16, 2015. She also became the second woman in the world to succeed a woman (Ewa Kopacz) as prime minister. At age 35, Szydlo was elected mayor of Gmina Brzeszcze. She was elected to the Sejm, the lower house of Poland's parliament, in 2005. Szydlo's Law and Justice party won the 2015 General Election over the governing Civic Platform party, taking 37.6% of the vote.