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Bronisław Komorowski served as the President of Poland from 2010 to 2015.
Komorowksi was an underground publisher during the democratic movement. In 1980 he was arrested for participating in a demonstration with the Movement for Defence of Human and Civic Rights and put in prison. He was elected to parliament in 1991 and then again in 1993. From 1997-2000 he presided over the Parliamentary National Defence committee, at the end of which he served as Minister of Defence.
Komorowski became Vice Speaker for the Sejm in 2007 before finally being elected President in 2010 after President Lech Kaczynski was killed in a terrible air crash in 2010, killing scores of other senior Polish political and business figures.
In 2015, following his defeat in the second round of the presidential election, Komorowski conceded the presidency to rival Andrzej Duda, after the latter won a 51% majority. This was the tightest election in Polish history. Duda was sworn in as a new president in August 2015.