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Polish president accepts resignation of PM Tusk's government,

  • Poland’s outgoing Prime Minister Donald Tusk looks back as he exits a room in the presidential palace after the president accepted his government’s resignation in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. Tusk resigned after being picked recently as the next president of the European Council, a role that will make him a major representative for the European Union. Tusk holds a compass presented to him by the president a gift meant symbolically to help him navigate his way in Brussels.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Poland’s outgoing Prime Minister Donald Tusk looks back as he exits a room in the presidential palace after the president accepted his government’s resignation in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. Tusk resigned after being picked recently as the next president of the European Council, a role that will make him a major representative for the European Union. Tusk holds a compass presented to him by the president a gift meant symbolically to help him navigate his way in Brussels. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski,left, accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his entire Cabinet in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. Tusk resigned after being picked recently as the next president of the European Council, a role that will make him a major representative for the European Union.Tusk holds a compass presented to him by the president a gift meant symbolically to help him navigate his way in Brussels.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski,left, accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his entire Cabinet in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. Tusk resigned after being picked recently as the next president of the European Council, a role that will make him a major representative for the European Union.Tusk holds a compass presented to him by the president a gift meant symbolically to help him navigate his way in Brussels.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Outgoing Polish prime minister Donald Tusk speaks in front of members of his cabinet during a resignation ceremony in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. Tusk resigned after being picked recently as the next president of the European Council, a role that will make him a major representative for the European Union.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Outgoing Polish prime minister Donald Tusk speaks in front of members of his cabinet during a resignation ceremony in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. Tusk resigned after being picked recently as the next president of the European Council, a role that will make him a major representative for the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Poland's president has accepted the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, bringing an end to seven years of governance that have been marked by unprecedented political stability in Poland.

Tusk resigned after being picked recently as the next president of the European Council, a role that will make him a major representative for the European Union.

President Bronislaw Komorowski presided over a ceremony Thursday in the presidential palace in Warsaw to mark the departure of Tusk and his ministers.

Tusk is to be succeeded by Ewa Kopacz, the 57-year-old parliament speaker and a former pediatrician and health minister. She is a member of Tusk's pro-market Civic Platform party.

It is not yet clear if key ministers, including Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, will continue under Kopacz.