Jan Szyszko passes away

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“A very sad and unexpected message. Professor Jan Szyszko has passed away. A scientist, politician but most importantly, a good and caring person, a lover of nature, who I had huge sympathy for and trusted. Fiat Voluntas Tua…RiP,” President Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter.

PM Mateusz Morawiecki also sent his condolences to Szyszko’s family. “The sudden passing of Professor Jan Szyszko is a huge loss for us and for Polish science. I will always remember Jan Szyszko as a good man and naturalist who eagerly shared his knowledge and passion. The Professor will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” he said.

The head of Law and Justice’s parliamentary club and deputy Speaker of the Sejm, Ryszard Terlecki underlined how much of a loss Szyszko’s death was for PiS. “A truly surprising death, as he had appeared in media just yesterday and the day before. It’s sad, yet another death during this campaign which strikes us. It’s a painful loss, I really liked the minister,” he said.

The deputy Speaker emphasized Szyszko’s experience as a specialist in environment protection, forest conservation and agriculture. Terlecki admitted that although several PiS politicians including himself had different views on hunting and animal protection, Szyszko always “crushed” them with his competence, experience and knowledge.

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