Jaroslaw Kaczynski declared his candidacy for a presidential election following the death of his twin brother - Poland’s late president Lech Kaczynski, along with 95 other people, mostly senior Polish officials, in a plane crash in Russia on April 10.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a former prime minister who heads Poland's biggest opposition party, the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS), said he wanted to continue his brother's conservative mission.
"Poland is our great shared obligation. We are required to overcome our personal pain and to take on this mission despite the personal tragedy. That's why I have taken the decision to run for the presidency of Poland." he said in a statement.
Thanks to the intensive campaign Kaczynski almost doubled the result predicted by the opinion polls before his marathon started. Due to the circumstances the campaign was different than any other before. Kaczynski who by many was considered as a divisive political figure has reinvented himself after the Smolensk tragedy.
Despite an upsurge of sympathy for the Kaczynski family, Jaroslaw lost the elections to the acting President Bronislaw Komorowski of the centrist Civic Platform.