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Poland: New Prime Minister Says Issues Delay New Cabinet

Warsaw, 27 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - Polish prime minister-designate Jerzy Buzek said today that a few outstanding issues are delaying the formation of the country's new center-right coalition cabinet. But he said those issues should be resolved in the next twenty four hours.

Buzek said today that the government's lineup is basically set, but two matters remain to be resolved. He did not say what those issues are. Buzek's Solidarity Election Action (AWS) is negotiating a coalition with the smaller Freedom Union (UW) party.

The AWS, a bloc of dozens of right-leaning parties grouped around the Solidarity trade union, emerged as the biggest grouping in parliament after elections last month. The AWS and UW signed an initial coalition agreement last Monday, but Solidarity later sought to renogiate in under pressure from its members, who said too many ministerial post had been given away to the Freedom Union.