Hanna Suchocka

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Hanna Suchocka
Hanna Suchocka, Prime Minister of Poland 1992-1993.jpg
5th Prime Minister of Poland
In office
11 July 1992 – 25 October 1993
President Lech Wałęsa
Deputy Henryk Goryszewski
Paweł Łączkowski
Preceded by Waldemar Pawlak
Succeeded by Waldemar Pawlak
Polish Ambassador to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
In office
10 October 2002 – 30 June 2013
Appointed by Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Preceded by Stefan Frankiewicz
Succeeded by Piotr Nowina-Konopka
Polish Ambassador to the Holy See
In office
3 December 2001 – 30 June 2013
Appointed by Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Preceded by Stefan Frankiewicz
Succeeded by Piotr Nowina-Konopka
Minister of Justice
In office
31 October 1997 – 8 June 2000
Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek
Preceded by Leszek Kubicki
Succeeded by Lech Kaczyński
Personal details
Born (1946-04-03) 3 April 1946 (age 68)
Pleszew, Poland
Political party Democratic Union
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholicism

Hanna Suchocka [ˈxanna suˈxɔt͡ska] ( ) (born 3 April 1946) 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.

Suchocka was born in Pleszew, Poland. 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.[1]

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 served as Poland's Ambassador to the Holy See from 2002-2013. She is also a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican (appointed by Pope John Paul II on 19 January 1994).

In April 2014 Suchocka was among the 8 initial appointees of Pope Francis to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.[2]

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  1. ^ (English) The Club of Madrid is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its Members – 66 democratic former heads of state and government.
  2. ^ Wall Street Journal March 22, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Waldemar Pawlak
Prime Minister of Poland
1992–1993
Succeeded by
Waldemar Pawlak
Preceded by
Leszek Kubicki
Minister of Justice
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Lech Kaczyński
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Stefan Frankiewicz
Polish Ambassador to the Holy See
2001–2013
Succeeded by
Piotr Nowina-Konopka
Polish Ambassador to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
2002–2013