WARSAW (Reuters) - Below are some facts about Poland’s Donald Tusk, whose centre-right Civic Platform party won a parliamentary election on Sunday and is expected to be the next prime minister.
* Tusk, 50, was a foot soldier in the anti-communist Solidarity movement in the 1980s.
* After the communist regime collapsed in 1989, he became a key figure in a free-market party that took part in Solidarity-led governments in the early 1990s.
* He set up the Civic Platform party in 2001 and has consistently promoted liberal free-market reforms.
* Tusk wants to cut red tape and lower taxes, promising an “economic miracle”. He has never held any government post.
* Tusk is a native Kashubian, an ethnic minority in north-western Poland numbering around 300,000 people.
* His origins have posed problems because political opponents accused him of being too pro-German. He promises to restore good relations with Germany.
* A Catholic who describes himself as very stubborn, Tusk is married and has two children.
* Tusk lost parliamentary and presidential elections in 2005 and was written off at the time by many political commentators.
* Tusk’s non-combative style and pro-European views have won him support from millions of young Poles.