December 18, 1991 |
Eight weeks after this nation's parliamentary elections, the second proposed candidate for prime minister gave up Tuesday on efforts to form a new Polish government and submitted his resignation to Parliament. Jan Olszewski--a 61-year-old lawyer who had been the candidate of a five-party center-right coalition advocating a slower approach to economic reform--blamed his failure on President Lech Walesa's lack of support for his proposed government.
December 6, 1991 |
Bowing finally to the complicated arithmetic of the fractured Polish Parliament, President Lech Walesa on Thursday nominated for prime minister the candidate proposed by a center-right coalition with the largest chunk of votes in the legislature.
November 9, 1991 |
President Lech Walesa on Friday nominated Bronislaw Geremek, a longtime adviser and more recently an adversary, to try to form Poland's next government. Geremek, who has been closely involved with Solidarity since the union was formed in 1980, represents the Democratic Union party, which finished in first place by a narrow margin in the Oct. 27 parliamentary elections. Democratic Union won only 13% of the votes in the splintered voting, which saw 29 parties gain seats in Parliament.
October 30, 1991 |
Poland's President Lech Walesa, moving to create a government capable of decisive economic reform after elections that resulted in a splintered Parliament, proposed Tuesday that he become his own prime minister. Walesa said he expects to form a coalition made up of groups rooted in the Solidarity trade union movement, preferably with himself as prime minister. An alternative, he said, is a government of the seven parties that won the greatest number of votes.
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September 7, 1991 |
The paintings portray a Poland oppressive in its past, uncertain in its present, optimistic of its future. The work of artists Jerzy Wojciech Bielecki and Miroslawa Smerek, a husband-and-wife team from Poland, will be displayed at a convention this weekend of the Polish National Alliance, a 111-year-old nonprofit fraternal and insurance group to help Poles and Polish-Americans.
September 3, 1991
Poland's Sejm (lower house of Parliament) is expected to debate this week a controversial bill that would give the Solidarity government special powers to issue decrees and break a legislative logjam holding up dozens of free-market reforms. The government also plans to ask for constitutional changes strengthening the powers of President Lech Walesa.
September 3, 1991 |
Poland's Solidarity government unveiled plans Monday to bypass Parliament temporarily on most economic issues and issue decrees with the force of law. The government sent a bill to the Sejm, or lower house, seeking special powers to issue decrees and break a legislative logjam holding up many free market reform measures. A communique said it will also ask the Sejm to pass constitutional changes permanently strengthening the executive at a special sitting this week.
September 1, 1991 |
Poland's Solidarity government survived a tense parliamentary confrontation with ex-Communists on Saturday when Parliament refused to accept its resignation. The vote strengthened the government of Prime Minister Jan Krzysztof Bielecki and eased a three-day standoff that had threatened Poland with its worst political crisis since the overthrow of communism in 1989.
August 31, 1991 |
Poland's prime minister made a surprise offer to resign Friday after the former Communists and their allies who control the Parliament sharply criticized his austerity policies. Lawmakers in the Sejm, the lower house of Parliament, voted 209 to 65 to delay until today a decision on dissolving the 8-month-old government of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki. Bielecki said he would not stay on in a caretaker capacity if the resignation were accepted.
August 23, 1991 |
If the architects of the failed Soviet coup considered ordering the Soviet army to crush rebellious defenders of democracy, they had only to recall the bloody consequences of such action in Romania to conclude that soldiers cannot be relied on in battles against their own people. If the plotters pondered countering the opposition by repressing the charismatic figure of Russian Federation President Boris N.