October 14, 1988
Polish Premier Mieczyslaw Rakowski unveiled a government with a new team of economic reformers but warned that factory shutdowns and unemployment would be the price of reform. Announcing his 23-member Cabinet in Parliament, Rakowski said he hopes to implement market-oriented reforms drafted by the Communist Party but questioned whether Poles are ready for the consequences. Rakowski was appointed premier Sept. 27 after Parliament fired Zbigniew Messner for mishandling the economy.
July 18, 1986
The Polish Parliament removed Finance Minister Stanislaw Nieckarz, replacing him with a close adviser to the premier. The new finance minister, Bazyli Samojlik, 43, had headed a team of Premier Zbigniew Messner's economic advisers. Western diplomats said the change gives Messner, an economics professor, a chance to exert more influence on the handling of Poland's huge hard-currency debt.
January 29, 1987 |
The first senior U.S. official to visit Poland since 1981, when Solidarity was crushed and martial law imposed, began a round of talks today that he said will help determine if the United States should lift economic sanctions against Poland. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Whitehead met first with Foreign Minister Marian Orzechowski. Before leaving Saturday, he is to have talks with Polish leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski and Prime Minister Zbigniew Messner.
September 26, 1988 |
The Communist Party Central Committee today recommended that party propaganda chief Mieczyslaw Rakowski become Poland's next prime minister, the official PAP news agency announced. The 61-year-old Rakowski, a newspaper editor who became a Politburo member in December, will take over from Premier Zbigniew Messner. Messner resigned with all 19 of his ministers last week following criticism over the handling of economic problems.
October 15, 1988 |
Poland's Parliament approved a new, Communist-dominated Cabinet on Friday, almost one month after the previous government resigned amid charges of mishandling the nation's reform program. Premier Mieczyslaw Rakowski had reserved four spots in his government for what he termed the "constructive opposition," but he said the unidentified candidates for the posts turned them down.
November 6, 1985 |
Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, who crushed the Solidarity trade union movement when he became premier in 1981, resigned that post today but was promptly elected president and retained his position as Poland's most powerful leader. Zbigniew Messner, a former economics professor and Jaruzelski's deputy, was elected to succeed him as premier on a 438-3 vote. Jaruzelski, 62, who under Soviet pressure imposed martial law Dec.