July 10, 2006

Clones Seize Control of Government!

The Washington Post reports (From Parapundit via Larry Auster):

A Double Act Takes Center Stage in Poland:
Despite Earlier Promise to Voters, Twin Brother of President Is Named Prime Minister

By Craig Whitlock Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, July 9, 2006; Page A12

BERLIN, July 8 -- Ever since their party scored big in Poland's elections last fall, the Kaczynski brothers -- identical twin movie stars with equally big political ambitions -- were widely assumed to be running the country in tandem behind the scenes. Now, it's official.

On Saturday, Poland's governing Law and Justice Party voted to name its party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the country's new prime minister. With his brother, Lech, already holding the Polish presidency, there is no longer any doubt that the 57-year-old, chubby-faced twins are in charge of the eastern European country...

Many Poles were skeptical of the official explanation, given the fact that Marcinkiewicz had among the highest approval ratings of any politician in Poland. The Kaczynskis' political enemies, of whom there are many, warned that the brothers wouldn't be satisfied until they were able to vanquish all their rivals.

"Poles are right to fear the concentration of power in the four hands of two brothers," said Donald Tusk, leader of the opposition Civic Platform party and the loser to Lech Kaczynski in last October's presidential race.

The Kaczynskis have been famous in Poland since the 1962, when as child actors they starred in a hit movie, "Those Two Who Would Steal the Moon." As adults, they resisted communist rule and joined the leadership of the Solidarity trade union movement.

Even today, they are difficult to tell apart. Lech is distinguished by two extra moles on his face; Jaroslaw is known as the unmarried brother who lives with their mother.

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