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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Polish Finance Minister Quits After Policy Clash

WARSAW -- Polish Finance Minister Marek Borowski has resigned after clashing with Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak over the division of power between the two men.


Borowski, who was deputy prime minister responsible for the economy, said he was annoyed that his policies had been undermined by Pawlak.


"In the current situation I think I cannot fulfil my duties and I decided to resign," Borowski told a news conference Friday.


Pawlak said he could not comment yet on the resignation of Borowski, a member of the SLD, the Democratic Left Alliance of former Communists, but leaders of the two-party coalition would hold a crisis meeting.


The row between Borowski and Pawlak, leader of the Polish Peasant Party, or PSL, erupted last week when the prime minister fired one of the deputy finance ministers, Stefan Kawalec, without consulting Borowski, his immediate boss. Borowski said the case was a breach of conduct by the prime minister but was also a signal of tension over economic policy within the cabinet.


"I think the method used ... was a serious breach of cooperation between the prime minister and his deputy," he said.


"But the problem has a broader aspect too. For some time I have noticed cases of questioning my actions on economic policy -- a sphere for which I am responsible," he added.


It was not immediately clear if Borowski's resignation could lead to a dismantling of the young left-wing coalition government but party leaders said they would try to control the damage.


"I don't think this is an end to the coalition but it means trouble," said SLD leader Alexander Kwasniewski.