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Memorial set for Poland's 96 crash victims

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Memorial set for Poland's 96 crash victims


Polish student groups having been paying their respects in Warsaw.
An official memorial service has been arranged for Saturday, exactly one week after the plane crash in which 96 people died including President Lech Kaczynski.

Thousands of stunned Poles continue to absorb the shock of losing almost an entire generation of the country’s ruling elite. No date has yet been set for the funeral of the late leader.

Presidential elections had been due by the end of June when Kaczynski was to have sought a fresh mandate. Political analyst Radoslaw Markowski speculated over whether that would now be left to his twin brother Jaroslaw.

“There are two possibilities, one that he will run for candidate, that will be supported by his party. The other, that he’ll withdraw from politics, I don’t believe in this possibility. There’s also the possibility that the party will try to search for a new candidate, but that will have less support.”

Although the ballot will be left as long as possible, Poland has moved to fill key state posts. Most of the presidential chancellery was wiped out by the crash.

And while three deputy ministers will need to be replaced, Poland’s government has reassured the people it will continue to function.

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