In Poland’s parliament, the president’s empty chair has become an impromptu shrine. The deserted chamber is a stark reminder of the current political void.
The legacy of the lost elite now weighs heavily upon the shoulders of those left behind. Acting president Boronislaw Komorowski will announce an election date on Wednesday. According to the constitution, new elections must be called within 14 days of the death of the incumbent and polls must take place within 60 days of Komorowski’s announcement.
Speculation is now mounting whether the late president’s twin brother Jaroslaw, a former prime minister, will step into the breach.
The pair founded the Law and Justice Party in 2001.
With most of the presidential chancellery wiped out by the crash, the government has already moved to fill key state posts.
Poland’s president has the power to veto laws and holds sway over foreign affairs. The government, led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, decides policy.