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6 Aug, 2010 13:30

Poland swears in new president amid protests

Bronislaw Komorowski has been officially sworn in as Poland's new leader. It comes just four months after the tragic death of late President Lech Kaczynski and a delegation of Polish officials in a plane crash.

The inauguration began in the morning in the Polish Parliament, where Komorowski took his presidential oaths.

Then the ceremony moved to one of the central cathedrals of Warsaw, where a mass was held to mark the event.

The final stage of the inauguration went on at the Royal Palace, where Komorowski received all the attributes of presidential power.

While the day should have signified a new beginning it has been marred by protests. There were protests against the removal of a wooden cross that was placed near the presidential palace to commemorate those who died in the plane crash near Smolensk.

Gareth Price from the Warsaw Business Journal reminds that Komorowski is from a party that has previously reached out to Russia.

“Overall we can say that they will continue in the same direction of improving relations between the two nations,” Price told RT.