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    Jaroslaw Kaczynski (R), the leader of the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, shakes hands with designated prime minister Beata Szydlo after she announced members of her new cabinet on November 9, 2015 in Warsaw

    Polish President Authorizes New Prime Minister Beata Szydlo to Form Gov't

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    Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday has designated Law and Justice party (PiS) candidate Beata Szydlo as prime minister and authorized her to form a new government, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

    WARSAW (Sputnik) — Polish leader Duda handed Szydlo a corresponding decree in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Warsaw.

    Earlier on Thursday, the first meeting of the new convocation of the Polish parliament lower house (Sejm) took place. In accordance with the nation's constitution, outgoing Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz of the Civic Platform party announced the resignation of her government.

    On October 25, parliamentary elections were held in Poland. The right-wing Law and Justice Party won the elections, gaining almost 38 percent of the vote. The party gained 235 seats in the 460-seat Sejm. This is the first time in modern Polish history that a single party has won a majority in parliament sufficient to form a homogeneous government, without have to form a coalition.

    The president of Poland appoints the new government within 14 days after the new parliament is convened.

    Beata Szydlo became the third female prime minister of Poland. Women in the post previously are Hanna Suchocka, from 1992 and 1993, and Ewa Kopacz, from 2014 and 2015.

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