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Poland: Solidarity Wants To Build Clear Majority


Warsaw, 22 September 1997 (RFE/RL) - Polish Solidarity, which emerged the most successful party from weekend elections, says it wants to build a ruling coalition with a clear parliamentary majority.

Solidarity vice president Janusz Tomaszewski said today his alliance will open contacts with the Freedom Union and the Movement for Poland's Reconstruction, with a view to building such a majority.

Preliminary results show Solidarity took over 33 percent of the vote, and its two potential partners between them gained about another 19 percent. The ruling Democratic Left Alliance -- the former communists -- took only about 26 percent.

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewksi says he will wait until final results are issued Wednesday before asking one of the parties to form a coalition. And he says he may look beyond Solidarity for a coalition leader. Today, Tomaszewski said Solidarity does not expect an easy time cooperating with the president, who came from the Democratic Left Alliance, the former communist.
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