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Polish generals named to replace top military commanders who resigned in spat with defense minister

Polish generals named to replace top military commanders who resigned in spat with defense minister

Poland's President Andrzej Duda has appointed two senior military officers after predecessors resigned over an apparent spat with the defense minister just days before the country holds a general election

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president appointed two senior officers Tuesday to top military positions after two other generals resigned over an apparent spat with the defense minister just days before the country holds a general election.

President Andrzej Duda named Gen. Wieslaw Kukula as chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces and Gen. Maciej Klisz as the armed forces operational commander. Earlier in the day, Duda accepted the resignations of Gen. Rajmund Andrzejczak and Gen. Tomasz Piotrowski from the respective jobs.

The resignations have provoked questions about the state of Poland's military under the current conservative government at a time of war in neighboring Ukraine.

Duda noted during the appointment ceremony that it was taking place in an “exceptional situation” due to the war across the border. He said it was essential to minimize any disruptions to the command of the armed forces.