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Poland: Parliament Adopts Amended Constitution

Warsaw, 2 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Poland's National Assembly today approved a draft constitution, including most of the changes suggested by President Aleksander Kwasniewski.

Parliament worked on the constitution for eight years. Last week Kwasniewski asked for 30 changes, including giving the President power to appoint, not only the military chief of staff, but the heads of all branches of the armed forces.

The constitution guarantees civil and economic liberties, ensures separation between church and the state and guarantees free publically-funded health care and education.

The constitution must be approved by a national referendum. Kwasniewski is expected to announce the date of the referendum within the next few days.