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October 17, 1997: Buzek named Polish prime minister

The appointment followed an agreement struck between the leaders of Solidarity bloc and Freedom Union

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Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek.
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1997 - Poland’s Solidarity bloc clinched a draft coalition deal with the smaller Freedom Union and the president named Solidarity’s Jerzy Buzek, 57, as prime minister of a new centre-right cabinet. “I have signed the decision on designating Professor Jerzy Buzek for prime minister. I am convinced he is the right person because of his competence and ability to form a cabinet,” President Aleksander Kwasniewski declared. The appointment followed an agreement struck between the leaders of the two parties minutes before Buzek’s scheduled meeting with Kwasniewski. “We will now get down to forming a government. I hope the time for forming the government will be shorter than the 14 days set out in the constitution,” Buzek said. Kwasniewski said he shared with Buzek views on key goals of the future government. The coalition will have a clear majority as Solidarity won 201 of parliament’s 460 lower house seats and the Freedom Union took 60.

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