President Andrzej Duda sworn in for second term
President Andrzej Duda took the oath of office before the National Assembly on Thursday morning and started his second term.
"All power in civil society [should be] derived from the will of the nation - our great predecessors wrote down these extremely important words in the May 3rd Constitution. They have proved to be very actual over the recent days, weeks, and today. Power comes from the will of the nation, and the nation has expressed its will in the election. The Polish people have the right to decide who is to be their president, their head of state, and they have made their decision," Andrzej Duda stated in his address.
The president underlined that "today, democracy in Poland is stronger than ever." "Citizens know that Poland's most important affairs and its future depend on their votes. This is a great thing and a huge success of all of us," the president said. Duda admitted that the recent presidential election was difficult due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of its date.
"But the most important thing is that we managed to hold the election in a democratic, just and very efficient way, and that the Polish people could use their right to vote," he stated.
President receives supreme command of armed forces
A ceremony was held on Thursday afternoon at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Warsaw's Pilsudskiego Square to bestow upon President Andrzej Duda the supreme command of Poland's armed forces.The symbolic ceremony - Andrzej Duda is supreme commander of the armed forces from the moment he is sworn in - is conducted in the presence of the military, which provides an honorary company, the pennant of the President of the Republic of Poland and a military orchestra. All branches of the armed forces were represented on Pilsudskiego Square along with the Military Police.