November 26, 1990 |
An outsider in the Polish presidential sweepstakes jolted the political leadership here Sunday by outpolling the prime minister to finish in second place and throw the election into a second round Dec. 9, exit polls indicated. Dark-horse candidate Stanislaw Tyminski, a 42-year-old self-made millionaire who left Poland in 1970, living most of that time in Canada, had a projected 23.2% of the vote.
August 20, 1989 |
President Wojciech Jaruzelski on Saturday formally nominated a longtime Solidarity adviser, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, as Poland's new prime minister, who will put together the first non-Communist government in Eastern Europe since the end of World War II. The historic step was announced in a four-paragraph statement issued by the Polish news agency and climaxed a swift and incisively orchestrated drive by Solidarity leader Lech Walesa to wrest the government from Communist control.
November 10, 1989 |
Two old enemies, West Germany and Poland, reached out to each other Thursday in the hope that their common commitment to East European reform will be strong enough to keep the process moving forward, even through the upheaval in East Germany, which lies between them.
September 13, 1989 |
Declaring that Poles are about to "begin a new page in their history," Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki on Tuesday outlined his vision of sweeping political and economic changes for Poland, while the Parliament overwhelmingly approved his appointments for the first opposition-led government in the Soviet Bloc.
November 25, 1989 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, reiterating the Kremlin's acceptance of freely elected governments in Eastern Europe, told Poland's non-Communist prime minister Friday that Moscow wishes him and Solidarity success in transforming the Polish political and economic system. "Some people may consider it strange that I want to wish you success, but, in fact, I do wish you success--luck," Gorbachev told Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a veteran of Poland's Solidarity union movement.
September 10, 1989 |
At long last, Poland has a government. The parliamentary crisis, which had assumed almost Italian proportions, has finally been resolved with a clear-cut Solidarity victory. Meanwhile, in the offices of the Communist caretaker government, officials are busy shredding documents. The transition is under way. The new Catholic prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 62, a lawyer, is not only a prestigious social thinker but also an astute negotiator.
November 27, 1990 |
In the wake of a crushing third-place finish in Poland's presidential elections, Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and his government resigned Monday as many of his supporters bemoaned a lack of sophistication among the country's voters and argued that Mazowiecki's defeat represented a dangerous moment for the country's fledgling democracy.
August 19, 1989 |
In a dramatic reversal of 45 years of Communist rule in Poland, President Wojciech Jaruzelski is expected today to offer the post of prime minister to newspaper editor Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a longtime opposition activist and a key Solidarity adviser. Mazowiecki, 62, known as a soft-spoken conciliator among his Solidarity colleagues, met for two hours with Jaruzelski on Friday and afterward told reporters that he expected a formal offer of the post from the president.
August 26, 1989 |
Poland's Prime Minister Tadeucz Mazowiecki, on his first full day in office, met with U.S. and Soviet officials Friday, including Labor Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole, who said the Bush Administration would study new ways to aid the fledgling government.
November 9, 1990 |
In a significant concession on timing, Chancellor Helmut Kohl agreed Thursday that Germany will sign a treaty with Poland within the next few weeks guaranteeing their common border. He also promised Poles visa-free travel into Germany by Christmas. The announcement came at a news conference following nearly four hours of talks between Kohl and Polish Prime Minister in this German-Polish border city.