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Andrzej Lepper
Andrzej Lepper

Andrzej Zbigniew Lepper (IPA: ['andʒɛj 'zbʲigɲɛf 'lɛp(p)ɛr], born June 13, 1954 in Stowięcino, Poland) is a Polish politician, the leader of Samoobrona RP (Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland) political party. He was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development between May 5, 2006, and September 22, 2006, and again from October 16, 2006, to July 9, 2007, in the cabinet of Jarosław Kaczyński. Lepper's civil profession prior to entering politics was farming in the village of Zielnowo, Pomerania. He is highly controversial politician, who has been charged with numerous criminal offences, and has been implicated in loud scandals. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... StowiÄ™cino is a small village near SÅ‚upsk (Northern Poland). ... Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland (Polish: Samoobrona Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, SRP) is an agrarian political party and trade union in Poland. ... There were no Deputy Prime Ministers in the cabinet of Jan Olszewski and in the first cabinet of Waldemar Pawlak. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...   IPA: [] (born June 18, 1949) has been the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland since July 14, 2006 and is the chairman of Law and Justice (Polish: ), a party which he co-founded in 2001. ... Farming, ploughing rice paddy, in Indonesia Agriculture is the process of producing food, feed, fiber and other desired products by cultivation of certain plants and the raising of domesticated animals (livestock). ... Zielnowo is a village in Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. ... Duchy of Pomerania, ruled by the slavic dynasty of the Griffins (Polish: Gryfici, German: Greifen), was a semi-independent principality in the 17th century. ...

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Early years and education

Lepper was born in the village of Stowięcino, a tiny hamlet of roughly 200[1] which has suffered greatly since Poland's transformation to a market-based economy because of its previous reliance on the socialist agricultural system. Lepper is a farmer by trade. He did not complete his secondary education at the State Agricultural Technical School in Sypniewo and has no formal higher education. [1] During the period of economic transformation his farm fell into debt and he was on the verge of bankruptcy.[1] StowiÄ™cino is a small village near SÅ‚upsk (Northern Poland). ... A market economy is a term used to describe an economy where economic decisions, such as pricing of goods and services, are made in a decentralized manner by the economys participants and manifested by trade. ... Secondary education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Political career

From 1977-1980 he was a member of PZPR, Poland's communist party. In 1992 Lepper formed a new political party, an organisation of struggling farmers like himself, naming it "Samoobrona" (Self defence)(SO).[1] His first task was to displace and eliminate his rival Stanislaw Tyminski as a competitor. For this purpose, Lepper adopted much of Tyminski's political program as his own. Lepper organized anti-government demonstrations and other actions, most significantly against the Suchocka and Buzek governments, against what he saw as growing injustice, especially against farmers. As party president he challenged Aleksander Kwaśniewski in the run for Presidency in 1995 (1.3% votes). In the year 2000 SO organized a campaign of blocking major roads[1] in order to bring media attention to the hard-pressed situation of the Polish agriculture. Lepper gained 3.05% votes in the 2000 presidential elections. In the Polish legislative election, 2001, Lepper's party managed to enter the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament (Sejm)[1] and formed an important fraction of it. Lepper was elected from Koszalin constituency. In the Polish presidential election, 2005 he gained 15.1% of votes, coming third. The Polish United Workers Party (PUWP; in Polish, Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza, PZPR), was the governing political party in communist-ruled Poland from its creation (through a fusion of the communist Polish Workers Party and the left wing of the Polish Socialist Party) in December 1948 until the regimes... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Self-Defense of the Polish Republic ( Polish: Samoobrona Rzeczypospolitiej Polskiej, SRP) is a political party and trade union in Poland. ... Self-defense usually refers to the use of violence to protect oneself and is a possible justification for this otherwise illegal act. ... Stanisław Stan Tymiński (born: 27th January 1948, Pruszków) is a Canadian businessman of Polish origin, dealing in electronics and computers, and a sometime-politician in both Poland and Canada. ... Categories: People stubs | Politics stubs | Liberal related stubs | 1946 births | Prime Ministers of Poland ... Professor Jerzy Buzek (born 3 July 1940 in ÅšmiÅ‚owice, then Germany, now Smilovice, Czech Republic) is a Polish academic lecturer and politician, prime minister of Poland from 1997-2001 and today a Member of European Parliament, elected 13th June, 2004 with the record number of votes in whole Poland. ... Aleksander KwaÅ›niewski ( ; born November 15, 1954) is a Polish politician who served as the President of Poland from 1995 to 2005. ... Presidential elections were held in Poland on Sunday November 5 (1st round), and Sunday November 19, 1990 (2n round). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A roadblock is a temporary installation set up to control or block traffic along a road. ... Presidential elections were held in Poland on Sunday October 8. ... Polish parliamentary election in 2001 to Sejm and Senate of Poland were held on the 23rd September. ... The Sejm building in Warsaw. ... Coordinates: , Country Poland Voivodeship West Pomeranian Powiat City County Gmina Koszalin Estabilished 11th century City Rights 1266 Government  - Mayor MirosÅ‚aw MikietyÅ„ski Area  - City 83 km²  (32 sq mi) Population (2006)  - City 106,125  - Density 1,265/km² (3,276. ... Presidential elections were held in Poland on October 9 and October 23, 2005. ...


Political style and views

SO and Lepper have successfully tapped into the disillusionment felt by millions of poor citizens under the current socio-economic situation in Poland. Many of SO's voters are in fact, those living in small towns and villages with high unemployment rates, who believe that they have lost out in the transition to the free market economy after 1989. However, Lepper is often criticized for not acknowledging the tremendous economic growth Poland has experienced since then. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Using strongly populist messages and committing spectacular acts of civil disobedience, he managed to gain nationwide publicity and a strong following in the countryside, where he is regarded as common man. He has also protested against the selling of Polish land to foreigners. Lepper and SO opposed Poland joining the European Union, but stopped short of running a fully fledged "no" campaign, on account of the popular predisposition of the Polish population towards EU membership. Lepper's anti-EU stance was based in part on nationalistic grounds, but also on the presumed detrimental effect that accession would have on Polish agriculture. Lepper remains a Eurosceptic, but has toned down his position since. In fact during his recent tenure as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Lepper worked hard for Polish agriculture within the European structures and on his departure was described by Union officials as "pragmatic and professional". Populism is a political ideology or rhetorical style that holds that the common person is oppressed by the elite in society, which exists only to serve its own interests, and therefore, the instruments of the State need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and instead used for the... Anti-war activist Midge Potts is arrested for civil disobedience on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States on February 9, 2005. ...


Andrzej Lepper is one of the few high profile Polish politicians, that have consistently opposed Poland's involvement in U.S. led global wars and military undertakings. He has been involved in promoting close relations with the country's eastern neighbours - Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


In part of the Polish population he evokes strong negative emotions of hatred and contempt, being accused of ruthlessness, lack of respect for law, machiavelianism,lack of principles and rudeness. Andrzej Lepper himself appears to be a restless man, not easily placated and not inclined to settle down as an office holder, as his participation in Kaczyński's government shows.


With the votes of the left-wing majority in the Sejm, in 2001 he was elected Vice-Speaker of Sejm (Wicemarszałek Sejmu) but after violating time constraints on debates he was dismissed. The Sejm building in Warsaw. ... MarszaÅ‚ek sejmu (Sejm Marshal, Marshal of the Sejm) is the title of the Speaker (chair) of Sejm the lower house of Polish parliament since the 15th century. ...


Among Lepper and SO's undertakings in parliament were such incidents as the use of their own loudspeakers in the Sejm and claims that Robert Smoktunowicz of the liberal Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) engaged in the precious-stone trade doing business with the Afghani Taliban. The Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska, also called the Citizens Platform) is a liberal conservative political party in Poland. ... The Taliban (Pashto: , stupid or seekers of ignorance) are a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim and ethnic Pashtun movement that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when their leaders were removed from power by American aerial bombardment and Northern Alliance ground forces. ...


Criminal charges

Andrzej Zbigniew Lepper
Image:Andrzej Lepper 2.jpg
Born June 13, 1954 (1954-06-13) (age 53)
Flag of Poland Stowięcino, Poland
Conviction(s) assault, blocking roads and dumping grain on railroad tracks
Penalty sixteen months in prison
Status Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland
Occupation farmer
Spouse Irena Lepper
Children Tomasz, Małgorzata, Renata

Andrzej Lepper has been charged with criminal offenses, including assault, blocking roads and dumping grain on railroad tracks in the course of anti-government demonstrations (The New York Times, 2006).[1] Lepper faces criminal charges for slander and levelling corruption accusations against ministers and members of the parliament (Financial Times, 2002).[2] In May 2001 Andrzej Lepper was sentenced to sixteen months in prison, which he is in the process of appealing (according to British Helsinki Human Rights Group).[3] In May 2006 Polish students protested against the coalition government and also mocked Lepper's recent criminal conviction for slander, chanting "Lepper to prison."[4] is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Stowięcino is a small village near Słupsk (Northern Poland). ... There were no Deputy Prime Ministers in the cabinet of Jan Olszewski and in the first cabinet of Waldemar Pawlak. ... For other uses, see Farmer (disambiguation). ...


Harassment scandal

In December 2006 a female party member claimed that Lepper and party deputy Stanisław Łyżwiński had demanded sexual favours in exchange for a job in a regional party office. After the publication of these claims in the Gazeta Wyborcza,[2] several other women came forward with similar accusations. Poland's chief prosecutor Janusz Kaczmarek later launched an investigation into the abuse allegations against both men. StanisÅ‚aw ŁyżwiÅ„ski (born May 06, 1954 in Skaryszew) is a Polish politician. ... Gazeta Wyborcza (pronounce: [gazεta vibÉ”rʧa] , gazeta vibborcha) is, as of 2005, Polands second largest distribution daily newspaper (after the tabloid Fakt). ... Janusz Kaczmarek (1961-) is a Polish layer and politician. ...


Antisemitism scandal

The Interregional Academy of Personnel Management in Kiev, a private institution which actively promotes anti-Semitism,[3] awarded Andrzej Lepper with two honorary doctorates[4] and a honorary professorship. The Anti-Defamation League strongly condemned Andrzej Lepper for accepting these titles.[5] Willmcw 20:53, 20 September 2005 (UTC) Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Map of Ukraine with Kiev highlighted Coordinates: , Country Ukraine Oblast Kiev City Municipality Raion Municipality Government  - Mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi Elevation 179 m (587 ft) Population (2006)  - City 4,450,968  - Density 3,299/km² (8,544. ... The Eternal Jew: 1937 German poster. ... An Honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum) is a degree awarded to someone by an institution that he or she may have never attended, it may be a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree - however, the latter is most common. ... Anti-Defamation League Logo The Anti-Defamation League (or ADL) is an advocacy group founded by Bnai Brith in the United States whose stated aim is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. ...


Recent developments

Lepper's party received 11.4% of the vote and 56 seats in the Polish parliamentary election in September of 2005, making it the 3rd biggest party in the Sejm. Lepper stood in the Polish presidential election in 2005, in the following month of October as his party's candidate. Lepper received 15% of the vote and the third highest result. The Sejm building in Warsaw. ... Presidential elections were held in Poland on October 9 and October 23, 2005. ...


Lepper entered his party into a ruling coalition with the dominant PIS party in May 2006, taking on the position of deputy prime minister and Minister for Agriculture. Subsequently, he accused his allies of spying on him and working to harm Samoobrona. Following several conflicts within the alliance, Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński asked his brother President Lech Kaczyński to sack Lepper from the Cabinet in September, 2006. Kaczyński reinvited Lepper back to his cabinet, several weeks later on October 16. Then-Prime Minister Marcinkiewicz, Lech KaczyÅ„ski, and Maria KaczyÅ„ska during KaczyÅ„skis swearing in as President of Poland, December 23, 2005. ... SPY may refer to: SPY (spiders), ticker symbol for Standard & Poors Depository Receipts SPY (magazine), a satirical monthly, trademarked all-caps SPY (Ivory Coast), airport code for San Pédro, Côte dIvoire SPY (Ship Planning Yard), a U.S. Navy acronym SPY, short for MOWAG SPY, a...   IPA: [] (born June 18, 1949) has been the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland since July 14, 2006 and is the chairman of Law and Justice (Polish: ), a party which he co-founded in 2001. ...  , IPA: [] (born June 18, 1949) is the President of the Republic of Poland and a politician of the conservative party Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice, PiS.) KaczyÅ„ski served as President of Warsaw from 2002 until December 22, 2005, the day before his presidential inauguration. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ...


On July 9, 2007, Prime Minister Kaczyński dismissed Lepper from the government, which Kaczyński said was due to suspicions that Lepper was involved in corruption. On 10 July, Lepper said that Samoobrona would withdraw from the ruling coalition, but later on the same day said that the party would remain in the coalition conditionally.[6] Lepper claimed to have been the victim of a politically motivated 'sting' operation, initiated by PM Kaczynski and PiS, and demanded that a parliamentary inquiry be conducted to investigate the legality and motivation of the CBA operation mounted against him. This was one of the conditions put to PiS, in return for SO remaining within the coalition. On 16 July, Lepper together with Roman Giertych, chairman of another junior coalition partner League of Polish Families, announced a merger of their two parties, to be called League and Self-Defense (LiS). is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jarosław Kaczyński (June 18, 1949 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish politician, the chairman of Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) party. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Roman Giertych Roman Giertych, (IPA: [], born 27 February 1971 in Åšrem, Poland) is a Polish politician, Deputy Prime Minister and, since May 5, 2006, Minister of Education. ... The League of Polish Families (Liga Polskich Rodzin, or LPR) is a national conservative political party in Poland. ... League and Self-Defense (Polish: , LiS — also means fox in Polish) is a Polish political party to be founded as a merger between the left-wing populist Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland (SORP) and the national conservative Christian right League of Polish Families (LPR) in July 2007. ...


On August 5, the party quit the ruling coalition, leaving it without a majority.[7] is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also

Signs such as this one in Łagów are a common sight in rural Poland, indicating the local frequency of the station. ... Father Tadeusz Rydzyk Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, also known as Father Director and Father Founder (Polish: Ojciec Dyrektor, Ojciec Założyciel), born May 3, 1945 in Olkusz,is a Roman Catholic priest and Redemptorist, a powerful religious leader, founder and head of the controversial Radio Maryja station and the Radio...

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Araloff, Simon (2005-10-03). Poland's Elections: Andrzej Zbigniew Lepper – Peasantry's Iron Fist. Axis Information and Analysis. Retrieved on 2007-02-23.
  2. ^ Kącki, Marcin (2006-12-04). Praca za seks w Samoobronie (Polish). Gazeta Wyborcza. Retrieved on 2007-02-23.
  3. ^ Professorship for Lepper Science and Scholarship in Poland Information Service. Retrieved on 2007-02-23.
  4. ^ Lepper odebrał w Moskwie doktorat honoris causa (Polish). Gazeta Wyborcza (2007-02-12). Retrieved on 2007-02-23.
  5. ^ ADL Condemns Polish Deputy PM for Accepting Honor from Anti-Semitic University. Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved on 2007-02-23.
  6. ^ Judy Dempsey, "Polish leader considers early elections", International Herald Tribune, July 10, 2007.
  7. ^ Dorota Bartyzel and Marta Waldoch, "Polish Self Defense Party Quits Coalition; Early Elections Loom", Bloomberg.com, August 5, 2007.

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External links

  • (Polish) Lepper's Homepage
  • (Polish) Information about Andrzej Lepper on the Sejm website
  • http://www.samoobrona.org.pl

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