Late President Kaczyński's legacy key for ruling party - party leader
Establishment of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) party would not have been possible without the heritage of President Lech Kaczyński who died in the Smolensk air crash, PiS head and the late president's brother said on Friday, the fatal disaster's 10th anniversary.
If not for President Kaczyński's contribution, this idea would not have arisen at all and the right wing would have been lost and fragmented, Jarosław Kaczyński told the public radio broadcaster Jedynka.
"I can say unequivocally: it would not have been possible from the very beginning of this path, I am talking about the year 89, the Centre Agreement party (the forerunner of PiS - PAP) which was rationally opposed to post-communism and something that would not have been created without the patron of the whole undertaking, Lech Kaczyński, then first deputy chairman of Solidarity (the anti-communist opposition - PAP)," Kaczyński said.
According to the PiS head, "the whole path" of Lech Kaczyński was important: his work as an MP, head of the Supreme Audit Office, mayor of Warsaw, and the Polish president.
In Jarosław Kaczyński's view, his brother undertook many actions Poland needed and his work at the Ministry of Justice related to the fight against crime gave him huge popularity.
Therefore, Law and Justice could be established and "it paved the way" to PiS victory in presidential and parliamentary elections in 2015.
According to the PiS head, Lech Kaczyński "was one of the most outstanding, most significant people in modern Polish history," who continued his policy despite difficulties and "the industry of contempt" and this made it possible to change Poland. He added that the late president's vision of international policy was based on loyalty to Poland and respect for his country.
On April 10, 2010, a Polish government plane carrying then Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife and a large delegation of top state and military officials crashed during a landing attempt in heavy fog on an airfield in Smolensk, killing all on board.