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New Government Spokesman
March 4, 2009   
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Paweł Gra¶, a Civic Platform (PO) deputy, became the new spokesman for the Donald Tusk government on Feb. 24. The government had had no spokesman since July 2008.

Gra¶, 45, graduated from the Institute of Political Sciences at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. In the 1980s, he was a member of the illegal Independent Students' Association (NZS), one of the democratic opposition organizations at that time.

In 2001, he was elected to parliament on the PO ticket and has been a deputy ever since. He was a member of the extraordinary parliamentary committee for the government bill on the Internal Security Agency and Intelligence Agency. He was also chairman of the subcommittee for foreign relations and NATO.

In mid-November 2007, he was appointed secretary of state at the Prime Minister's Office responsible for security services but resigned two months later, citing personal reasons. However, the media speculated that the real reason was a conflict with Tusk's aides over the reform and supervision of the security services. Gra¶ is now PO deputy secretary general and the coordinator of his party's campaign before this year's election to the European Parliament. He is expected to give up the latter function.

Commentators say Gra¶ has been a media favorite for years. His appointment is seen as an attempt to improve the image of the Tusk government, which has been sharply criticized in recent weeks by both the opposition and the Polish president for allegedly failing to counteract the economic crisis.
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