Marek Belka

Marek Belka

Prime Minister of Poland
Country: Poland

Biography of Marek Belka

Marek Belka was born in 1952 and graduated from the University of Lodz. He went on to become a professor, specializing in economics. In October 2001, when Leszek Miller became the Prime Minister of Poland, Belka was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

From 2003, Belka served as an economic advisor to the temporary government of Iraq. During his time in this position, he was credited with the launch of a new national currency in Iraq. However, in Poland, he faced criticism for his failure to secure lucrative contracts for Polish companies in Iraq from the Iraqi and American authorities.

In 2004, Belka was nominated by the President of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, to become the head of the government, replacing the current Prime Minister Leszek Miller. Miller had announced his resignation following Poland's accession to the European Union on May 1st. Miller's decision was motivated by his inability to continue economic reforms and the high unemployment rate in the country, which had become one of the highest in Europe.

Now, as the candidate for the Prime Minister position, Marek Belka will have to navigate through the challenges of parliamentary debates. The Polish Sejm is currently dominated by left-wing forces, but there are also many who oppose Belka's candidacy. The upcoming struggle promises to be a serious one.