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Poland exchanges heads of civilian and military special services
November 20, 2015   
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PM Beata Szydlo
PM Beata Szydlo dismissed heads of military counterintelligence and military intelligence Piotr Pytel and Radoslaw Kujawa and named Piotr Baczek as acting chief of military counterintelligence services and Andrzej Kowalski as acting chief of military intelligence, Defense Ministry spokesperson Bartlomiej Misiewicz said on Thursday.

She also accepted resignation of heads of the Intelligence Agency, and Internal Security Agency, Maciej Hunia and Dariusz Luczak and named Piotr Pogonowski and Grzegorz Malecki respectively as their successors.

The parliamentary special services committee issued a positive opinion on exchanging the four heads of civilian and military special services late on Wednesday night.

The change in the top positions of Poland’s intelligence agencies follows the change in the country's political leadership.

The new conservative government of the Law and Justice (PiS) party was sworn in on Monday, replacing a centrist Civic Platform (PO) that had ruled since 2007.

Poland's opposition parties criticized the way PiS took control over the country's special services. The change in power should be accompanied by transferring knowledge, information and competences, which did not happen in the case of special services, former special services coordinator from opposition party PO Marek Biernacki said.

PiS replaced the heads of special services forces overnight on Thursday, after having scrapped rotational presidency of the parliamentary special services committee (to date the leaders alternated every six months to give the opposition first-hand insight to actions conducted by special services. The new party may also want to replace the head of the anti-corruption office CBA head Pawel Wojtunik, the daily Rzeczpospolita wrote.

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