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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Walesa Wins Battle Over Ministers

WARSAW -- President Lech Walesa emerged as a winner Friday in his battle with the leftist government coalition by forcing it to accept his candidates for three key ministerial posts.


Bowing to Walesa's demands, Jozef Oleksy, the nation's new leftist prime minister, said Friday he agreed to accept the candidacy of Wojciech Okonski for the post of defense minister.


Agreement was reached Thursday on the candidacies of Wladyslaw Bartoszewski as foreign minister and Andrzej Milczanowski as interior minister.


The president had proposed Okonski, a foreign trade official, for defense minister earlier this year to fill the vacancy in the previous Cabinet.


"In the present situation we agreed to accept this candidacy,'' Oleksy said.


The agreement with Walesa seemed to bring to an end months of political crisis in Poland.


The leftist-dominated parliament must still approve the Cabinet, which will be sworn in by Walesa.


Meanwhile, Walesa hinted he was ready to sacrifice his ambition to run for another five-year term as president if the legislature agrees to hold early parliamentary elections. Walesa's offer in an interview with CNN was reported on Polish state television.


The leftist coalition called it just a game played by the president.