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Poland: Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Resigns

Warsaw, 4 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Polish Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz confirmed early today in a radio interview that deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grzegorz Kolodko has submitted his resignation.

Cimoszewicz said Kolodko, who also serves as Deputy Prime Minister, had submitted his resignation "a few days ago." Cimoszewicz said he has accepted the resignation and presented his opinion about it to President Aleksander Kwasiniewski, who has a final say in appointing and dismissing ministers.

Kwasniewski said in a separate statement that he would accept the resignation.

Cimoszewicz said he had asked President Aleksander Kwasniewski's economic adviser Marek Belka to replace Kolodko. Cimoszewicz said Belka would continue Poland's efforts to transform the economy and fight inflation.