June 25, 1990 |
Sixty-three of Lech Walesa's senior advisers and longtime allies in the Solidarity movement broke ranks with him over his criticism of the Solidarity-led government. The break came at a Warsaw meeting of the national Citizens Committee, since 1988 the political arm of Solidarity. The full committee of 200 postponed action on the letter at the behest of Walesa, who considers the pace of economic reform too slow under Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki.
August 26, 1990 |
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said Saturday that he is certain of winning Poland's presidency and doubts that Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki will stand against him. "I know I shall win," Walesa said in an interview with the Warsaw newspaper Zycie Warszawy. "I think he (Mazowiecki) won't be a candidate. If he is, we will fight for victory. We shall hold a Western-style campaign."
June 18, 1990 |
Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki scored a victory Sunday in his power struggle with Solidarity leader Lech Walesa by winning a pledge from Poland's provincial citizens committees to form a pro-government party. After weeks of mounting differences, the contest between the two men erupted into the open when Mazowiecki asked the 49 provincial committees, formed in 1989 as Solidarity's electoral arm, to forge a national movement to support his government.
September 7, 1989 |
Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski has fired several hard-line generals who opposed reforms that led to the nomination of Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a Communist Party source said. Jaruzelski, who also is commander in chief of the armed forces, late Monday named new, younger officers to head Poland's three military districts: Pomerania, Silesia and Warsaw. He also made five other promotions, including Gen.
February 15, 1990 |
Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, voicing Warsaw's disquiet at the prospect of a united Germany, demanded a role for Warsaw in talks leading to unification but ran into opposition from Bonn on Wednesday. Mazowiecki said Poland, whose postwar borders include huge tracts of former German territory, must be involved in negotiations between East and West Germany and the principal victorious wartime Allies in order to guarantee its security.
October 14, 1989
This country' Communist-led labor unions staged their first demonstration Friday against the Solidarity-led government. Union leader Alfred Miodowicz and about 150 supporters demonstrated in drizzling rain outside Parliament to protest an "avalanche of price rises" under the month-old government of Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki. Miodowicz, whose unions claim 7 million members, said supporters were tired of "paper protests" and wanted action.
August 20, 1989 |
Historic change and daunting challenges in Poland were bannered in the Western press Saturday but given decidedly less coverage in the East Bloc. A smiling Pope John Paul II called the developments in his homeland "a step forward." "All that has been done is very important," the pontiff, visiting Spain, said of the nomination of his friend, Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki, as prime minister. "It's not easy." Coverage in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria was restrained.
August 25, 1989 |
Poland's new prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, appealed today for rapid aid from the United States to help solve his country's pressing economic problems and tried to allay fears in Moscow over the historic change in power.
August 28, 1989 |
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said Sunday that Poland's new prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, must prove himself in six months to a year or all that the country has achieved could collapse. Walesa indicated that he wants to call a national strike moratorium to help Mazowiecki, one of his trusted aides and the first non-Communist prime minister in Eastern Europe in more than 40 years.
July 7, 1990 |
Faced with complaints from Lech Walesa and other critics, the Polish prime minister Friday expelled three ex-Communists from his Cabinet and pleaded for political calm. But Tadeusz Mazowiecki failed to soften the attacks on his government, which is struggling to introduce a market economy and complete the transition to democracy. Even members of the prime minister's Solidarity camp said they expected bolder moves to restructure his 10-month-old Solidarity-led government.