It's All Relative

You're not seeing double. Lech Kaczynski, far left, is the President of Poland, and he recently chose his twin brother Jaroslaw to serve as Prime Minister. Critics cried nepotism. But naming relatives to positions of power isn't new--and in monarchies, it can be automatic. Even in lands without emperors or kings, though, there's a long history of keeping the power in the family. Here are a few examples.

JOHN ADAMS AND JOHN QUINCY ADAMS The second U.S. President came under fire in 1797 when he appointed his son John Quincy as Minister to Prussia--then a prominent diplomatic post.


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