Poland has become the only country in the world to be governed by identical twins. President Lech Kaczynski has appointed his twin brother Jaroslaw as prime minister following the resignation of Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.
The new premier must be approved by parliament. He has moved quickly to reassure the financial markets that he will pursue prudent fiscal policies He has also pledged to carry out a more assertive policy in dealings with the EU – something that is likely to rattle Brussels.
Marcinkiewicz steppped down because of a reported rift with the government. The 57-year-old twins won fame as child actors in the hit film “The Two Who Stole The Moon” in 1962.
They became politically active in the anti-communist opposition in the 1970s, and served for a while as advisers to Solidarity leader Lech Walesa in the 1990s.
Despite these credentials critics say the twins lack experience in foreign and economic policy, and there are concerns over how Warsaw´s partners will react to a perceived tilt towards nationalism.