November 6, 1995 |
Polish President Lech Walesa, whose political standing had plunged so low that he once contemplated not seeking reelection, apparently forged ahead in a crowded field of candidates Sunday to qualify for a runoff vote against the popular leader of Poland's reformed Communists.
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June 13, 2001 |
Since the publication last year of Jan Thomasz Gross' book on the murder in July 1941 of as many as 1,600 Jews by their neighbors in the Polish town of Jedwabne, many Poles have either denied the evidence or maintained that the killers were Germans, not Poles.
November 20, 1995 |
President Lech Walesa, the hard-nosed shipyard electrician who helped topple the Communist regime in Poland, was in danger of being toppled himself by a former member of the regime in a runoff election Sunday. "If it happens, I will start singing, 'God, give us back our free homeland,' " said Solidarity trade union leader Marian Krzaklewski, on the verge of tears as early election results showed Walesa narrowly losing.
October 20, 2000 |
After he won reelection in a first-round knockout, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his popular wife, Jolanta Kwasniewska, appeared at a victory rally with jubilant supporters, some of whom shouted out hopes that she will be his successor five years from now. "The presidency in this country is democratic, not dynastic," Kwasniewski, 45, responded at the event earlier this month, while going on to thank his wife as "a great support in difficult moments."
October 16, 1997 |
President Aleksander Kwasniewski said he will officially appoint Jerzy Buzek, a longtime Solidarity activist committed to privatization and social reform, to be Poland's next prime minister on Friday, the day Poland's new constitution goes into effect.
March 23, 2003 |
President Aleksander Kwasniewski said early elections may be needed if Premier Leszek Miller fails to keep Poland on course for joining the European Union in a referendum less than three months away. Miller has been shaken by allegations of corruption involving political allies. A parliamentary inquiry heard that he did not inform prosecutors about an alleged attempt by a friend to solicit a $17.5-million bribe from a newspaper.
March 27, 2004 |
Prime Minister Leszek Miller announced that he will step down the day after Poland joins the European Union on May 1, taking the blame for his government's low popularity. The government has been hurt by high unemployment, a drive for unpopular spending cuts and corruption scandals involving party officials. President Aleksander Kwasniewski, who accepted Miller's decision, expressed confidence that the resignation would help political stability.
May 31, 1996 |
Polish legislators granted Lech Walesa a lifetime pension as ex-president but voted to halve it compared to the original proposal. Walesa, defeated by ex-Communist Aleksander Kwasniewski in November, will get a net pension equal to about $800 a month, half the current president's base salary. The same stipends will be given to the other retired presidents. The bill still needs Kwasniewski's signature.
October 9, 2000 |
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski won a second term with 55% of the vote, according to partial returns, avoiding a runoff in Poland's third presidential election since shedding communism a decade ago. Kwasniewski, a former Communist, defeated 11 challengers, including legendary Solidarity founder Lech Walesa and a number of fringe candidates from the far right. Walesa, whom Kwasniewski ousted from the presidency in a close election in 1995, won just 0.9% of the vote.
December 24, 2000 |
President Aleksander Kwasniewski urged Poles to reach beyond political divisions to help their nation join the European Union. His plea came as he took the presidential oath for his second five-year term. Poland's entry into the EU is a "historical target," the highly popular Kwasniewski said in a brief inaugural address to the National Assembly. Poland, which led Eastern Europe in toppling communism and has become a leader in market reforms, has been pressing for EU entry as early as 2003.