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In a statement on the party's website on Monday, Mr Kaczynski said: "Poland is our common, great responsibility. It demands that we overcome personal suffering to take action despite a personal tragedy."
He continued: "This is why I have taken the decision to be a candidate for the office of president of the Republic of Poland."
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 60, became prime minister in 2006, heading a right-wing coalition that had tense relations with the European Union and Russia.