May 29, 1993 |
President Lech Walesa weighed whether to dissolve Poland's first democratically elected Parliament after a no-confidence vote brought down the government Friday. Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka's year-old centrist government fell victim to the political jousting that has plagued Parliament's 20-odd parties. The vote plunged Poland into political chaos that appeared likely to delay economic reforms and damage its international prestige.
July 12, 1992 |
Parliamentary deputies on Saturday approved the Cabinet of new Prime Minister Hanna ending a five-week impasse that had left Poland virtually without a government. Suchocka's 22-member Cabinet is backed by a coalition of seven parties descended from Solidarity, the trade union movement that forced the Communists out of power in 1989. The Finance Ministry and other key economic posts are held by politicians who favor pressing on with Poland's bold market-oriented reforms.
July 5, 1992 |
A 46-year-old lawyer was the leading candidate to become Poland's first woman prime minister Saturday. Hanna Suchocka, a member of the Democratic Union party, won the widest support in overnight negotiations attended by eight parties. The incumbent prime minister, Waldemar Pawlak, resigned last week after failing to put together a coalition.
March 19, 1993 |
Parliament rejected a privatization plan Thursday, dealing the coalition government its worst defeat and leaving Poland without a framework for the mass privatization of large state enterprises. Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka exchanged a shocked look with her Cabinet members when Parliament rejected the measure 203-181, with nine deputies abstaining. Defections and absences by about 25 coalition deputies sank it.
May 30, 1993 |
President Lech Walesa dissolved Poland's first democratically elected Parliament on Saturday, a day after lawmakers brought down the government in a no-confidence vote. He refused to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka, deciding instead to disband the Parliament where 20-odd bickering parties have made forming a stable government impossible. Walesa must schedule elections within three or four months, two years early.
June 29, 1993
"No country treats its women as well as it treats its men, a disappointing result sfter so many years of gender equality, so many struggles by women and so may changes in national laws," concludes a new U.N. report. But women do hold positions of power in many counyties. Women in Parliament "We're half the people; we should be half the Congress," said Jeanette Rankin (R-Mont.), elected in 1916 as the first U.S. congresswoman. But nowhere in the world is this true, by one survey. Finland, at 38.