PM picks new security chief

Prime Minister Donald Tusk early this week announced he had nominated an expert on the former Communist bloc as his security coordinator, after the previous postholder stepped down.
Tusk said he had picked 36-year-old Jacek Cichocki as secretary of state for security issues.

Cichocki’s job involves coordinating the work of the various arms of Poland’s intelligence services on behalf of the prime minister.
Cichocki is a specialist on the global energy sector.
From 2004-2007 he was also at the helm of a state-funded Center for Eastern Studies, a think tank which analyses the political, economic and social situation in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Cichocki was nominated following last week’s resignation for unspecified personal reasons of Pawel Gras, 43, who remains a member of parliament for Tusk’s liberal Civic Platform.

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