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Poland: Government Survives Confidence Vote

Warsaw, 13 June 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Poland's left-wing minority government narrowly survived a confidence vote in parliament today. The vote was called by Prime Minister Leszek Miller (pictured) after the strong "yes" in the EU entry referendum last weekend. Analysts say Miller's government lost most of its popularity since winning September 2001 elections as a result of ineffective policies, an economic slump, and corruption allegations including an unclear bribery scandal that Miller has denied.

Miller's victory, by a vote of 236 to 213 with no abstentions in the lower house, gives his unpopular cabinet a fresh chance to tackle key reforms needed to prepare Poland for joining the EU next year.