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Polish foreign minister steps down

Jacek Czaputowicz submits resignation as ruling party faces flak over handling of COVID-19

Rabia Iclal Turan   | 20.08.2020
Polish foreign minister steps down

ANKARA

Jacek Czaputowicz has resigned as Polish foreign minister, local media reported Thursday. 

Czaputowicz saw the aftermath of last month’s presidential election as a good time to step down, and expressed hope that his successor “would continue the current line of policy and work to further strengthen Poland's position in the international arena," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Monika Szatyńska-Luft told public broadcaster Polish Radio.

Czaputowicz had served in the post since January 2018, and previously served as deputy foreign minister.

His move came two days after the health minister resigned amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), whose candidate Andrzej Duda narrowly won July’s presidential election, has been criticized for its handling of the pandemic as daily cases remain high.

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