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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poland Replaces Premier

WARSAW -- Poland's two ruling coalition parties agreed Wednesday on deputy parliamentary speaker Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz as the new prime minister to head a reshuffled cabinet, the government's spokeswoman said.


Cimoszewicz's former-communist Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) and its smaller Polish Peasant Party partners made the choice after tough negotiations that began after Jozef Oleksy resigned as prime minister on Friday over allegations he had spied for Moscow.


"Prime Minister Oleksy and [PSL leader] Pawlak have gone to see President Aleksander Kwasniewski to present the agreed candidate. This candidate is Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz," spokeswoman Aleksandra Jakubowska told reporters.


Kwasniewski, eager to ease the uncertainty gripping Poland, earlier said he would appoint a prime minister as soon as the two uneasy coalition parties agreed on a name.


Cimoszewicz, a 45-year-old lawyer and former justice minister, met Kwasniewski along with leaders of the two coalition parties after the announcement.


Under Poland's constitution, Cimoszewicz would have 14 days to appoint a new cabinet and submit it to a vote of confidence in parliament.


Although a senior SLD figure, he is not a member of its core social democratic party and has sometimes differed in public from its views.


The full cabinet line-up was not expected for some days.