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Poland: President Swears In New Coalition Cabinet

Warsaw, 31 October 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski today swore in Poland's new center-right cabinet, a coalition of the Solidarity bloc and the smaller Freedom Union.

The new prime minister, veteran Solidarity activist Jerzy Buzek, and his 21-member cabinet took the oath of office this morning at a ceremony in Warsaw's presidential palace.

Buzek is scheduled to hold the cabinet's first meeting later today to discuss the 1998 draft budget prepared by the outgoing government of former Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz. Cimoszewicz's coalition of former communists in the Democratic Left Alliance and the Peasant Party lost last month's parliamentary elections.

Buzek is expected to present the government's program to parliament next week. His cabinet will then face a vote of confidence, seen as a formality.