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Hanna Suchocka

Hanna Suchocka

Hanna Suchocka is a Polish political figure. She served as the prime minister of Poland between 11 July 1992 and 26 October 1993 under the presidency of Lech Wałęsa. She is the first (and, so far, the only) woman to hold this post in Poland and 19th in the world.

She is a specialist in Constitutional Law. She was a member of the Sejm of People's Republic of Poland in the 1980s, and became Prime Minister in 1992. She served as an anomaly in the representation of women, however, as she obtained her position partly due to her leaning to both sides of the political spectrum.

After the downfall of the Jan Olszewski cabinet on June 1992, following the exposure of a list of secret communist collaborators of Służba Bezpieczeństwa by Minister of Internal Affairs Antoni Macierewicz, her cabinet was allegedly linked to illegal persecution and disintegration of Polish conservative and independent rightist parties (so called Instruction UOP nr 0015/92).

Her left-wing leanings, accompanied by her strong anti-abortion position, made her the perfect candidate to satisfy the interests of a majority coalition in Parliament consisting of three parties including her own Democratic Union, the Christian National Union, and the Liberal Democratic Congress.

Member of the Club of Madrid. Hanna Suchocka is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.

She has been serving as Poland's Ambassador to the Holy See since December 2001 (so far under five different Governments) and is also a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican (appointed by Pope John Paul II on 19 January 1994).