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Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska died this morning after fighting a serious illness – informed the Marshal of the Senate Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska. Śledzińska-Katarasińska was a member of parliament from the Civic Platform in the last term of office of the Sejm.

“Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska died this morning after fighting a serious illness. An excellent MP, the best Friend who shared her knowledge and experience with everyone,” said Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, Speaker of the Senate on Monday morning on Platform X.

“Dear Iwona, it’s hard to describe the pain. You were very important to us. We will miss you,” she added.

Other politicians also said goodbye to the MP. Deputy Minister of National Defense Cezary Tomczyk (PO) wrote, among other things, that she was “an MP who shared her experience and wisdom with all of us.”

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Minister-coordinator of special services Tomasz Siemoniak (PO) also posted an entry. “Very sad news. Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska has died. As an MP for many terms, she played a great role in shaping the state’s cultural policy after 1989. An outstanding patriot of the Republic of Poland and her beloved Łódź. I could rely on her support and advice for almost 30 years. A wonderful person who brings people together , always with her own opinion, which she was never afraid to express. Farewell, Iwona! Honor to your memory! – he wrote.

“Iwona, thank you for your friendship, wisdom, and sometimes reasonable distance from the world and people. This world will be different without you – today we said goodbye to the doyen of the Polish Sejm (9-term MP) – Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska,” wrote independent senator Krzysztof Kwiatkowski.

In the Sejm for nine consecutive terms

Śledzińska-Katarasińska was a member of parliament from the first to the ninth term of office of the Sejm. Last year, she was a member of parliament of the Civic Platform. She was the person who served continuously in the Sejm for the longest time. In the 2023 elections, she won 6,411 votes, which, however, was not enough for re-election.

She was born on January 3, 1941 in Komorniki. She would have turned 83 in two days.

In 1963, she completed her master’s degree in Polish philology at the University of Łódź.

She was active in the opposition from the early 1980s and was interned during martial law. In 1989, she was the first editor-in-chief of the Łódź supplement of “Gazeta Wyborcza”, and was also the deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper. She belonged to the Democratic Action Civic Movement, the Freedom Union and, from 2001, the Civic Platform.

Iwona Śledzińska-KatarasińskaLeszek Szymański/PAP

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