Lech Kaczynski statue in Budapest

The Budapest Municipal Assembly will next Wednesday vote on a proposal to erect a statue of former Polish president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia in 2010, in the capital’s Pope John Paul II Square.

The reasoning for the proposal, submitted by Fidesz councillor Mate Kocsis, describes Kaczynski as a key figure of Hungary and Poland’s joint development and lauds his “undeniable role” in shaping post-communist Polish democracy.

By means of the former president’s friendship towards Hungarians, “we Hungarians also owe him our gratitude for his work”, the proposal says, adding that Kaczynski’s death is considered an “unspeakable loss” to the European community as a whole.

If the proposal is approved, the city assembly will formally decide on erecting the statue after it has selected the design from among invited bids.

Source: MTI

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