Poland's Sikorski confirmed as parliament speaker

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 24, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.



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WARSAW (AP) — Poland's recently resigned foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, has been confirmed as the country's new speaker of parliament.

With his move Sikorski loses a position with international prominence, but gains one with significant influence over domestic affairs. The speaker helps forge coalitions and negotiate policy compromises.

Sikorski stepped down as foreign minister after a government reshuffle prompted by Prime Minister Donald Tusk being chosen to head the European Council.

Lawmakers voted 233-143 Wednesday to confirm Sikorski as speaker. He represents the governing center-right Civic Platform party.

Sikorski has played a major role supporting Ukraine's pro-Western reforms and closer integration with the European Union. He was replaced by Grzegorz Schetyna, a former interior minister and most recently head of the parliamentary commission for foreign affairs.

With his move Sikorski loses a position with international prominence, but gains one with significant influence over domestic affairs. The speaker helps forge coalitions and negotiate policy compromises.

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