Krzaklewski studied in Politechnika Śląska. In 1980 he became involved with Solidarity, the famous Polish anti-communist trade union and social movement. Within the movement he was active in the Silesia region. In 1991 he replaced Lech Wałęsa (then president of Poland) as the chairman of Solidarity. In opposition both to the government of Wałęsa and later the left-wing SLD, he was one of the founders of the center and right-wing Akcja Wyborcza Solidarność, which eventually became victorious in the Polish parliamentary election, 1997. Krzaklewski, who was elected as a deputy to the Polish parliament (Sejm), was considered for the post of Prime Minister, however in the end the post went to Jerzy Buzek. Amid the decreasing support for AWS, political infighting and corruption (TKM), he contested the Polish presidential election, 2000. As the major right-wing candidate, he polled very poorly, achieving just 15.6% of the vote. (Incumbent Kwasniewski won a majority in the first round). Subsequently AWS suffered a crushing defeat in the Polish parliamentary election, 2001. Krzaklewski resigned as the leader of AWS in 2001 (he was replaced by Janusz Śniadek in 2002), and as the chairman of Solidarity in 2002. He currently is a member of the National Commission of NSSZ Solidarity.
The romantic and the realist. (Solidarity Electoral Action's Marian Krzaklewski and the Freedom Union's Leszek Balcerowicz emerge as Poland's most powerful political leaders)(Brief Article)
Sep 27, 1997; MARIAN KRZAKLEWSKI and Leszek Balcerowicz, who emerged from last weekend's elections as Poland's pre-eminent power-brokers, have...