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Olechowski for President?
July 1, 2009   
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Andrzej Olechowski, one of the founders of the Civic Platform (PO) party who has stayed out of the political limelight in the past several years, has said he may run for president next year.

If he does, Olechowski will probably be supported by a new grouping led by Paweł Piskorski, former secretary-general of PO, and formed on the basis of the small Democratic Party. "I would be very happy if Olechowski chose to run," said Piskorski, who has been criticizing the PO, including Prime Minister Donald Tusk, for what he calls incompetence in governing the country over the past several months.

Olechowski ran in the 2000 presidential election as an independent and came second in the race behind Aleksander Kwa¶niewski, who secured reelection in the first round.

Officially, PO politicians say they are not taking Olechowski's potential bid seriously and they are also not concerned about the Democratic Party. Off-the-record, however, some of them admit that Olechowski could make it more difficult for Tusk to win the presidency.
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