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Polish President Kaczynski to lie in state

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Polish President Kaczynski to lie in state


For a second night, a stunned nation has paid tribute to its president, killed in a plane crash that has robbed Poland of much of its ruling elite.

Lech Kaczynski’s state funeral is being prepared in earnest. A week of national mourning has been declared for him, his wife and the 94 others who died in the accident in Russia.

The leader’s body is now back in his presidential palace where it is set to lie in public view.

A controversial figure in life, his death has united Poles in grief, thousands of them lining Warsaw’s streets as the cortege passed by.

The coffin returned home, to the Polish capital’s military airport, where the president’s daughter Marta and twin brother Jaroslaw led mourners.

Russian officials say the pilot of the president’s Tupolev ignored warnings to divert from fog-bound Smolensk. Speculation is mounting that he may have been under pressure from within the plane to land there. The president and his fellow passengers were due to attend a memorial service for a Second World War massacre nearby.

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