Polish PM resigns at first parliament sitting

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WARSAW, Nov 5 (Reuters) Conservative Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski submitted his resignation to parliament today, paving the way to a handover of power to the opposition which won last month's parliamentary election.

''This decision follows the constitution but also the result of the election,'' Kaczynski said at the first sitting of the new parliament.

Kaczynski's resignation was a formality required by the constitution. His twin brother Lech, the president, is due to nominate opposition leader Donald Tusk as next prime minister later this week.

Kaczynski's Law and Justice party lost to the opposition centre-right Civic Platform in the October 21 election after presiding over fast economic growth but also high political instability and rows with EU partners.

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