Thursday, November 10, 2005

Kwasniewski Campaigns for Top UN Post

Poland's outgoing president Aleksander Kwasniewski continues his aggressive campaign for the top post at the United Nations. During his current swing through Britain, he told The Times newspaper he's "ready" to succeed Kofi Annan next year as Secretary-General. Under Kwasniewski's watch over the last 10 years, Poland has joined NATO and the EU, and he had been mostly a unifying figure in a country still divided over its past. It is important, however, to remember that under the current constitution, Polish president does not have many powers, so these achievements were certainly not his alone. I am still uncomfortable about his communist past, so not sure how to feel about this. The UN does need a young, energetic leader to clean up the mess after the Oil for Food scandal and shake it out of its complacency, so maybe Kwasniewski could be the man.

I did notice that every time Kwasniewski gets ready to run for a post he sheds some pounds and he's looking pretty thin and tanned lately, so he's definitely on the trail again. We'll see how it turns out.

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