Józef Oleksy

Józef Oleksy
7th Prime Minister of Poland
In office
7 March 1995  7 February 1996
President Lech Wałęsa,
Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Deputy Roman Jagieliński
Grzegorz Kołodko
Aleksander Łuczak
Preceded by Waldemar Pawlak
Succeeded by Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Marshal of the Sejm
2nd Marshal of the Sejm of The Third Republic of Poland
In office
14 October 1993  3 March 1995
President Lech Wałęsa
Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka
Waldemar Pawlak
Preceded by Wiesław Chrzanowski
Succeeded by Józef Zych
Marshal of the Sejm
6th Marshal of the Sejm of The Third Republic of Poland
In office
21 April 2004  5 January 2005
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Prime Minister Leszek Miller
Marek Belka
Preceded by Marek Borowski
Succeeded by Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Member of the Sejm
In office
4 June 1989  18 October 2005
3rd Chairman of the Democratic Left Alliance
In office
18 December 2004  21 May 2005
Preceded by Krzysztof Janik
Succeeded by Wojciech Olejniczak
Personal details
Born (1946-06-22)22 June 1946
Nowy Sącz, People's Republic of Poland
Died 9 January 2015(2015-01-09) (aged 68)
Warsaw, Poland
Political party Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland, Democratic Left Alliance
Spouse(s) Maria Oleksy
Profession Economist
Religion formerly Atheist, converted to Roman Catholicism

Józef Oleksy [ˈjuzɛf ɔˈlɛksɨ] (22 June 1946 – 9 January 2015) was a Polish left-wing politician, former chairman of the Democratic Left Alliance (Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej, SLD).


From 1968 to 1990 he was a member of the communist Polish United Workers' Party. Between 21 April 2004 and 5 January 2005 he was the speaker (marszałek) of the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament. He is also a former Minister of Internal Affairs, and was the Prime Minister of Poland from 1995 until 1996, when he resigned due to alleged long-term connections to KGB officer Vladimir Alganov.

Oleksy admitted the relationship, but denied knowing about Alganov's KGB activities. Andrzej Milczanowski said that Oleksy had passed classified documents to Alganov from the 1980s (when Oleksy was Minister of Internal Affairs) until he became Prime Minister.[1]

A record of a private conversation Jozef Oleksy had with one of Poland's richest businessmen Aleksander Gudzowaty "leaked" to the media on 22 March 2007. The tapes suggested corruption in the SLD party. Oleksy accused former president Aleksander Kwaśniewski of illegal financial procedures, and spoke very harshly of then SLD leader Wojciech Olejniczak and several other members of the party.[2] He soon left the SLD.[3]

Oleksy died in Warsaw, Poland, from cancer, aged 68.[4]

See also


  1. "Polish PM forced to resign over links with KGB man". The Independent. UK. 25 January 1996. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  2. Józef Oleksy nie żyje
Political offices
Preceded by
Wiesław Chrzanowski
Sejm Marshal
Succeeded by
Józef Zych
Preceded by
Waldemar Pawlak
Prime Minister of Poland
Succeeded by
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Preceded by
Marek Borowski
Sejm Marshal
Succeeded by
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz

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