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Donald Tusk keeps top EU job despite objection from his own country

Donald Tusk in December 2016.

Donald Tusk in December 2016.  (AP Photo/Krzysztof Zatycki)

EU leaders have confirmed Donald Tusk for another term as European Council president, despite attempts by Poland to block him.

Tusk's home country was the only one of the 28 to vote against him, a French diplomatic source told the AFP news agency.

Poland's prime minister, Beata Szydlo, had written to Theresa May and other European leaders, urging them to oust Tusk during the vote - which came on the first day of an EU leaders' summit in Brussels.

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Szydlo has accused her countryman of interfering in domestic politics. Tusk himself served as the country's PM from 2007 to 2014.

Tusk, whose initial term expires at the end of May, will play a key role in the Brexit negotiations and will now stay in the job until November 2019.

After being confirmed as president again, he tweeted: "Grateful for trust & positive assessment by #EUCO (European Council). I will do my best to make the EU better."

The row between Tusk and Szydlo's Law and Justice Party had led to Warsaw proposing a challenger - Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

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