Poland’s new President, Bronislaw Komorowski has been sworn-in for a five-year term.
He took the oath of office in parliament, becoming the fourth democratically elected president since the fall of communism 20 years ago.
Under the Polish constitution, the president has power of veto and the right to make key appointments. He also has a limited role in Poland’s foreign and defence policy and is fomally the supreme commander of the military.
The pro-European and business-friendly leader succeeds Lech Kaczynski who was killed in a plane crash in Russia in April, a national tragedy that triggered the election to replace him.
Komorowski’s chief rival in the contest was Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw.
The leader of the conservative Law and Justice party, softened his anti-European Union tone and changed his political message in a failed bid to win over centrist voters.
His familial connections to the former president were not enough to persuade Poland to elect him.