June 11, 1991 |
President Lech Walesa vetoed a law drafted for Poland's first fully democratic parliamentary election. He exercised the presidential right of veto despite a warning from Mikolaj Kozakiewicz, Speaker of the Sejm (lower house), that such a move would make it impossible for the election to be held in October as planned.
May 17, 1991 |
The Polish economic reform program, hailed by Western lenders, governments and financial institutions, is beginning to run into heavy political weather. With parliamentary elections scheduled for October, political operatives who see bankruptcies and factory closings looming in the coming months have taken aim at the economic reform plan guided by Leszek Balcerowicz, the finance minister.
May 9, 1991 |
For nearly half a century, the remains of Ignace Jan Paderewski, renowned pianist, composer and beloved Polish statesman, have rested in a zinc casket at the base of the mast of the USS Maine memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. If all had gone according to plan, his remains would have been transferred to Poland for a state burial June 29, the 50th anniversary of his death. A celebratory concert in Warsaw with some of the biggest names in music was scheduled.
December 12, 1990 |
Defeated presidential candidate Stanislaw Tyminski said he has received permission to leave Poland. He said he plans to return temporarily to his family in Canada. Tyminski, who had been ordered to remain in the country pending investigation of slander charges stemming from the campaign, said he was required to post a $100,000 bond before he could leave. Meanwhile, the outgoing president, Gen.
December 11, 1990 |
While Lech Walesa savored his presidential election victory with a visit to his old workplace in the Gdansk shipyards, Polish prosecutors announced Monday that Walesa's opponent, Stanislaw Tyminski, will be barred from leaving the country while an investigation continues into charges that he slandered the government. Tyminski, a 42-year-old who holds citizenship in Canada, Peru and Poland, could not be reached Monday, and his campaign offices were closed.
December 8, 1990 |
Poland's first popular presidential campaign officially ended Friday with Lech Walesa enjoying a big lead and underdog challenger Stanislaw Tyminski being booed at his own rally. Two days before Sunday's vote, the Solidarity chairman was awarded a strong endorsement from the head of the country's Roman Catholic Church, to which more than 90% of the population belongs. "The Polish church will side with Walesa," Cardinal Jozef Glemp announced.
December 2, 1990 |
Canadian businessman Stanislaw Tyminski, challenging Solidarity leader Lech Walesa for the presidency of Poland, has denied assertions by Polish authorities that he made several trips to Libya in the last decade. The denial came Saturday in a combative news conference, starring both Walesa and Tyminski, broadcast on Polish television.
November 30, 1990 |
Stanislaw Tyminski, the Polish emigre who will face Solidarity leader Lech Walesa in the Dec. 9 runoff election for president, was issued visas seven times in the 1980s from the Polish Consulate in Tripoli, Libya, the Polish interior minister said Thursday. Tyminski, who runs an electronics firm in Toronto and has business interests in Peru, repeatedly has denied ever traveling to Libya.
November 30, 1990 |
They came to the United States in search of Freedom. For the right to speak their minds, for the right to vote. Last week, Ryszard Nikodem and about 1,500 other Polish Americans in Los Angeles exercised both rights. They gathered at the Polish Parish on Adams Boulevard to vote in Poland's first free election since World War II. Later, many talked openly about the emotional roller-coaster ride they experienced--from the ecstasy of voting to the disappointment in the result.
November 29, 1990 |
If there's one thing that angers Canadian supporters of Polish presidential candidate Stanislaw Tyminski, it's when people call their pick "the man from nowhere." "The question is, is he coming from nowhere?" argues Robert Spanski, a Polish-Canadian businessman who is flying to Warsaw this week to help with the Tyminski campaign. "He's coming from Canada. He's financially independent. He's a citizen of Peru. He's a man with a proven record."