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 9, 1992 |
President Lech Walesa asked Parliament on Wednesday to approve Hanna Suchocka as Poland's first woman prime minister after she ended weeks of political deadlock by mustering a new majority coalition. In a letter to the Sejm, or lower house, Walesa also asked for the dismissal of Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak, who had earlier offered to step down after his failure to form a government, the presidential office said in a statement.
June 5, 1992 |
Poland's Parliament voted early today to oust Prime Minister Jan Olszewski, bringing down Poland's third post-Communist government in three years. President Lech Walesa sought the removal of Olszewski after he abruptly released the names of officials who may have collaborated with secret police under the old Communist regime. The vote was 273 to dismiss the five-month-old government, 119 against and 33 abstentions.
May 9, 1992 |
President Lech Walesa, declaring that the Polish public is sick of a "condition of permanent crisis," asked Parliament on Friday to grant him strong executive powers, including the right to appoint the prime minister and his Cabinet. Condemning the paralysis that has seized the badly fragmented Parliament, Walesa asked the lawmakers to enact a "small constitution" that would give him presidential powers similar to those wielded by the president in the French system.
March 28, 1992 |
After a lengthy flirtation with the temptations of populist economics, the Polish government has come back down to earth with a budget that meets the stringent demands of its international creditors. The revised budget proposal, announced earlier this week but still not formally adopted by Parliament, holds to an austerity line in several key areas, most notably a pledge to keep a burgeoning government spending deficit within 5% of gross national product.
March 6, 1992 |
For the two months it has been in office, Prime Minister Jan Olszewski's government has operated without an economic policy, although it has been under mounting pressure from its international creditors to devise a credible budget before continuing negotiations on debt relief.
December 24, 1991 |
Poland's two-month-long government crisis ended when Parliament narrowly voted to accept a Cabinet that is likely to loosen the tough economic austerity program of President Lech Walesa. Last week, legislators gave Prime Minister Jan Olszewski a vote of confidence by rejecting his resignation, which he filed after saying his feud with Walesa made it impossible to choose a Cabinet. Ultimately his choices, once rejected, were approved by lawmakers unwilling to prolong the crisis.
December 19, 1991 |
Prime ministerial candidate Jan Olszewski was trudging back to the drawing boards Wednesday, instructed to try again to come up with an acceptable government after the Polish Parliament voted to reject his withdrawal from the office. Olszewski, 61, announced Tuesday that he had given up his efforts to form a government, in the wake of a cool reception by President Lech Walesa to his proposed Cabinet and because the center-right coalition that backed him had fallen apart.
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.