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Polish Officials Remove Cross Honoring Kaczynski


The late Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, who died along with the president in the April 10 crash

The late Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, who died along with the president in the April 10 crash

Officials in Warsaw have removed a cross from the front of the presidential palace honoring late Polish leader Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia in April.

The cross was moved to a chapel inside the palace, and will later be permanently installed in a nearby church.

The move has angered many Kaczynski supporters, who have come to see the cross as a symbol of deep political divisions in Poland.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who frequently clashed with Kaczynski, said the move was a "good decision."

The cross was erected shortly after the April 10 crash that killed Kaczynski and 95 other people, including a number of top government officials.

compiled from agency reports
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