Poland's new government is sworn in

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Posted: Nov 16, 2015 7:17 AM
Poland's new government is sworn in

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister, Beata Szydlo, and members of her conservative government were sworn into office on Monday by their political ally, President Andrzej Duda.

Recruiting from tradition-minded, Catholic circles, Szydlo and her ministers added the optional phrase "So help me God," to their oaths.

Duda, who won the presidency earlier this year on a Law and Justice ticket, received the oaths at the Presidential Palace.

Earlier Monday, Szydlo and her government honored late President Lech Kaczynski, their Law and Justice party's co-founder, and the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Referring to the "dramatic and tragic" attacks in Paris, Duda congratulated Szydlo on quickly putting a stable government in place.

He stressed that the country's and the people's security, cooperation with NATO and the EU should be the government's priority. He recalled Kaczynski's words that Poland should be strong enough to help those who are weaker and not be afraid of those who are stronger.

Law and Justice won enough parliament seats in elections last month to rule alone. Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash in 2010, was the twin brother of party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who masterminded the presidential and parliamentary victories.