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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Polish Prime Minister Sworn In

WARSAW -- New Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk formally took office Friday along with a team of former anti-communist dissidents committed to pro-business reforms and withdrawing Poland's troops from Iraq.

Tusk, 50, was sworn in as prime minister at the presidential palace in Warsaw with his 18 other Cabinet members. The ceremony marked the start of a four-year term expected to improve relations with the EU after the tense, two-year rule of the nationalistic Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

It drew a curtain on two years of government where the top positions were held by identical twin brothers, Kaczynski and President Lech Kaczynski.

After appearing at the ceremony, the president shook hands with Tusk, who then took the oath of office. Tusk pledged to observe the constitution and guard the interests of the homeland, ending with "So help me God," an optional phrase, banned during the communist era.