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Fidesz plans to erect statue for late Polish leader Lech Kaczyński

Fidesz plans to erect a statue in Budapest commemorating Poland’s former head of state Lech Kaczyński who died in a 2010 plane crash in Russia. The proposal, which looks likely to be realized, was announced by Budapest 8th District mayor Máté Kocsis (Fidesz), and according to Index.hu, the plan is supported by Budapest mayor István Tarlós.

Kaczyński’s twin brother Jarosław Kaczyński is held by many to be the defacto leader of Poland. His PiS party victories in Poland’s 2015 parliamentary and presidential elections pushed Poland into the international spotlight as several reforms introduced by the party were criticized for weakening the rule of law in the country.

Kaczyński and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán share a special bond as pariahs within the EU. Pro-government groups from both countries regularly attend each other’s national holidays as a show of solidarity between the two nations.

Fidesz’s Budapest chapter will formally propose the erection of Lech Kaczyński’s statue at the next meeting of the Budapest city council.

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