Komorowski sworn in as Polish president
Published 07/08/2010 | 05:00
Bronislaw Komorowski took the oath of office as Poland's new president yesterday and vowed to build national unity, but the man he beat for the top job boycotted the ceremony in a sign of enduring political tension.
Komorowski, a moderate conservative from the ruling Civic Platform, defeated Jaroslaw Kaczynski in the run-off of an election triggered by the death of Kaczynski's twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.
Komorowski reached out to his opponent in his speech.
"I want to thank the nearly 9 million Poles who brought me to this post. But I also remember that nearly 8 million Poles voted for my rival and I aim to perform my duties hoping to convince and satisfy these Poles as well," Komorowski said.