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We met the Law and Justice candidate for the president of Warsaw. President Andrzej Duda will begin an almost week-long visit to three countries in eastern Africa. US and UK forces have attacked 36 targets linked to Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Here are six things to know on February 4.

1. Tobiasz Bocheński is the PiS candidate for the mayor of Warsaw

Jaroslaw Kaczynskipresident of Law and Justice, during the party convention “#zLoveToWarsaw” gave the name of the PiS candidate for president of Warsaw in the coming ones elections local government. This is Tobiasz Bocheński, the voivode of Łódź in 2019-2023, and in 2023 the voivode of Masovia. Kaczyński pointed out that Bocheński dealt with, among others, issues of administrative law, which – as he assessed – is particularly important in everyday practice when it comes to management.

Jarosław Kaczyński nominated a candidate for the president of WarsawOrganizer’s materials

The president of PiS also revealed on Saturday that the party’s candidate for the president of Płock (Masovian Voivodeship) will be Piotr Uździcki, a lecturer at the Masovian University, unknown to the public.

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Same day PiS MP Łukasz Schreiber, former minister and head of the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers, announced that he will run for the position of mayor of Bydgoszcz. He emphasized that he wanted to give residents a real alternative, and the city needed new energy.

2. President Andrzej Duda’s visit to Africa

President Andrzej Duda begins his nearly week-long trip to eastern Africa on Sunday. Visits to three countries have been included in the presidential calendar – Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

As stated in the statement, the president will be accompanied by his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda. On February 5 and 6 (Monday and Tuesday) they will be in Kenya, from February 6 to 8 (Tuesday to Thursday) in Rwanda, and on February 8 and 9 (Thursday and Friday) in Tanzania.

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– President Andrzej Duda’s visit to Africa has a purely political component, but also an emphasis on concluding economic agreements, promoting the Polish economy and Polish capital, enabling investments and trade – said presidential minister Małgorzata Paprocka.

3. US and UK attacks on Houthi positions in Yemen

The United States and Britain carried out attacks on Saturday on 36 targets linked to Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, hitting, among others, in weapons warehouses and missile launchers – according to a joint statement of both countries.

British RAF Typhoon FRG4 fighter preparing for attacks on Houthi positions in YemenMoD Crown

The attacks were carried out in 13 locations across the country, the Pentagon said. The airstrikes were supported by forces from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

A Typhoon FRG4 fighter of the British RAF before departure to Yemen from a base in CyprusMoD Crown

It was a retaliation for attack by Iran-backed militias on the Tower 22 base in Jordan, which killed three American soldiers and wounded at least 40 others. Friday’s strikes took place several hours after the bodies of killed soldiers reached the US.

Sanaa (capital of Yemen) after an attack coordinated by US forcesEPA/YAHYA ARHAB

4. Germans protest against the far right

150,000 according to the police, 300,000 according to the organizers – this is how many people took part in the protest against right-wing extremism in Berlin on Saturday. Regardless of which estimates are correct, many more people gathered in front of the German Reichstag than declared. About 100,000 people announced their willingness to participate in the demonstration.

Germans demonstrate against the extreme right.  Protest in Berlin

Germans demonstrate against the extreme right. Protest in BerlinReuters

Demonstrators in the area in front of the Reichstag building chanted, among others: “All together against fascism.” The protest is related to the disclosure by the investigative portal Correctiv of information that members of the AfD party (Alternative for Germany) and representatives of neo-Nazis met in Potsdam to discuss the issue of the so-called remigration, i.e. forced deportation from Germany of people of “foreign origin”asylum seekers and unassimilated people.

Protest against right-wing extremism in BerlinEPA/CLEMENS BALANCE

5. Journalists detained during a protest in Russia

The wives of Russian soldiers drafted by Putin’s regime protest in Moscow every Saturday. At least 27 people were detained during Saturday’s demonstration, most of them journalistsincluding foreign ones – reported the Meduza website, independent of the Kremlin authorities.

Before the rally, the Moscow prosecutor’s office warned against liability for calling people to participate in “unauthorized mass events.” At least 27 people were detained during Saturday’s demonstration, most of them journalists.

Wives’ protest in Moscow, January 13 SERGEI ILNITSKY/PAP/EPA

Among the detained were employees of foreign media, including Agence France-Presse and Associated Press, the Dutch public media NOS and the German weekly “Der Spiegel”, AFP reported. Activists of the “For Human Rights” movement were also “invited” to police cars.

6. President Andrzej Duda explains his words about Crimea

In an interview with Channel Zero, President Andrzej Duda was asked whether he believed that Ukraine would regain Crimea and Donbas, and whether it would be possible to force Russia to do so. – It’s hard for me to answer this question. I do not know that. I don’t know whether he will regain Crimea (…). He is also special for historical reasons. In fact, if we look historically, it was under Russia’s control most of the time, the president said about Ukrainian Crimea.

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Andrzej Duda about Crimea and that "most of the time it was under Russia's control"

Andrzej Duda about Crimea and the fact that “most of the time it was under Russia’s control”Channel Zero/YouTube

After the president’s words, Ukrainian ambassador to Poland Vasyl Zvarych wrote on the X platform that “Crimea is Ukraine: it is and will remain. International law – the basis.” The head of state was asked about the statement by the head of state Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski he replied that “Mr. President clarified his words.” – Everyone slips the tongue. What he clarified is consistent with the government’s position and I think it closes the case, he said. – It seems to me that President Duda’s sympathy for Ukraine is beyond doubt – noted Sikorski.

Reactions to the president's words regarding Crimea

Reactions to the president’s words regarding CrimeaTVN24

The president himself explained his words on Saturday. “My actions and position on Russia’s brutal aggression against Ukraine have been and have been clear from day one: Russia is violating international law, it is an aggressor and an occupier. The Russian attack on Ukraine and the occupation of internationally recognized territories of Ukraine, including Crimea, is a crime,” he wrote .

Main photo source: PAP/Paweł Supernak

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