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World IN BRIEF : POLAND : New Prime Minister, Cabinet Sworn In

February 08, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

Poland swore in a new prime minister and Cabinet, replacing a government toppled by allegations that the former prime minister passed state secrets to Moscow. Taking the oath of office before President Aleksander Kwasniewski, Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz and his 20 ministers became Poland's seventh government since the 1989 fall of communism. The new government is "proof of Polish stability . . . consistency and . . . a proof that we can act effectively," Kwasniewski said. Although the prime minister, interior minister and justice minister are new, the government is the product of the same leftist coalition that has governed Poland since winning a parliamentary majority in 1993.

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