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Zbigniew Ziobro

Zbigniew Tadeusz Ziobro
Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland
In office
October 31, 2005 – November 16, 2007
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Lech Kaczyński
Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Jarosław Kaczyński
Preceded by Andrzej Kalwas
Succeeded by Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski
Member of the European Parliament
for Lesser Poland and Świętokrzyskie
In office
19 July 2009 – 2014
Personal details
Born (1970-08-18) August 18, 1970
Kraków, Poland
Spouse(s) Patrycja Kotecka
Children (1 son) Jan
Religion Roman Catholicism

Zbigniew Tadeusz Ziobro (born August 18, 1970 in Kraków) is a Polish politician. From October 2005 to November 2007 he was the Minister of Justice and Public Prosecutor General. He was elected to the Sejm on September 25, 2005 in the 13th Kraków district, running on the Law and Justice list. He received over 120,000 votes in the parliamentary election, the highest percentage constituency result on a nationwide scale.

Ziobro graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of Jagiellonian University. He did not complete his PhD.[1] He was a member of the Sejm from 2001-2005.

Due to his proclaimed "battle against corruption", he became one of the more popular, but also polarizing, politicians in Poland. His uncompromising approach and publicized prosecutions earned him the title Man of the year 2006, awarded by Wprost magazine. However, some of his policies were repeatedly characterized as partisan and overzealous by local and international press, including The Economist.[2][3]

In 2007, former Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Janusz Kaczmarek, allegedly linked to the Andrzej Lepper bribery case, was forced to resign. He subsequently made a series of attack on members of the government, especially Ziobro.[4] In a media confrontation with vice-PM Andrzej Lepper, Ziobro revealed that he had secretly recorded a conversation with Lepper.[5]

In the elections to the European Parliament in 2009, he was elected in the Kraków constituency as an MEP. He received 335 933 votes, representing the second highest score in the country.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ Zbigniew Ziobro. Determinator z wytycznymi. Krzysztof Burnetko. Ludzie Roku 2007. Polityka. 27 grudnia 2006.
  2. ^ Bad habits, The Economist, 27 September 2007
  3. ^ Squeaky if not clean, The Economist, 6 September 2007
  4. ^ August 22, 2007Szokujące przecieki z przesłuchania KaczmarkaGazeta.pl:
  5. ^ August 13, 2007Lepper: To Ziobro rządził dyktafonem, nie odwrotnieGazeta.pl:
  6. ^ Wyniki wyborów / Lista wybranych posłów

External links

  • Official website
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