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2005-10-23 15:29:08

By Pawel Soczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Conservative Lech Kaczynski won Sunday's Polish presidential run-off on a Catholic platform that promised to weed out corruption and shore up welfare in the European Union's biggest new member. Exit polls showed Kaczynski, a tough-on-crime Warsaw mayor, captured about 53 percent of the vote, a six-point advantage over his pro-business ally-turned-rival Donald Tusk. Kaczynski's victory, if confirmed by final results on Monday, will firm his Law and...

2005-10-21 07:34:44

By Wojciech Moskwa WARSAW (Reuters) - Moderate Donald Tusk and conservative rival Lech Kaczynski were running neck and neck on Friday as Poland prepared for Sunday's presidential run-off which may decide the pace of economic reforms. Voters will choose whether European Union newcomer Poland speeds up market reforms to try to catch up with richer partners, or strengthens welfare protection eroded during 16 years of often painful reforms. The result will also tip the balance in a...

2005-10-19 10:38:13

By Pawel Sobczak and Natalia Reiter WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new parliament failed to choose its speaker on Wednesday, exposing a rise in tensions between would-be center-right government partners ahead of Sunday's presidential election. Meeting for the first time since the center right won parliamentary polls last month, the lower house adjourned its vote on choosing the speaker until next week, at the urging of the biggest party, the conservative Law and Justice. Their would be...

2005-10-09 18:04:34

By Pawel Kozlowski WARSAW (Reuters) - Poles picked two center-right candidates with roots in the Solidarity movement for a run-off presidential ballot on October 23, which may be decided by leftist voters suspicious of both contenders. Exit polls and partial results of Sunday's election gave free-market enthusiast Donald Tusk around 36 percent of the vote, a 3-point lead over conservative Lech Kaczynski, but short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a second round of voting. Both...

2005-10-09 17:13:24

By Pawel Sobczak and Natalia Reiter WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's free-market enthusiast Donald Tusk won most votes in presidential elections on Sunday, putting him in the leading position for an October 23 run-off against conservative Lech Kaczynski, partial results showed. The results from 32 percent of districts counted gave Tusk 35.4 percent of the vote, 2.5 percentage points ahead of runner-up Kaczynski, the Warsaw mayor who campaigned hard on a promise of a "moral revolution" and...

2005-10-09 14:18:18

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish center-right parties in talks to form a government said on Sunday they will not make final decisions on their coalition before a presidential election run-off on October 23 which pits their leaders against each other. Pro-business moderate Donald Tusk came first in Sunday's election ahead of conservative Lech Kaczynski but failed to gain half the votes needed to avoid a second round of voting in two weeks. In the September 25 general election in the largest...

2005-10-03 05:03:07

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's conservative candidate for prime minister was quoted on Monday as saying homosexuality was "unnatural," echoing earlier statements by the leaders of his party. Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, chosen by the Law and Justice party to form a government after last week's elections, told the Polish edition of Newsweek magazine that the prime minister should be involved in the debate over gay rights. Asked whether homosexuality should be condemned, Marcinkiewicz said:...

2005-09-27 06:38:10

By Wojciech Moskwa WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's victorious center-right parties prepared on Tuesday to begin talks to build a coalition government in the shadow of a presidential campaign that threatens to delay key decisions by weeks. The conservative Law and Justice party and its likely junior coalition partner, the pro-business Civic Platform, won Sunday's general election and plan to rule together despite differences over the scope of needed reforms. They want to launch...

2005-09-26 12:10:28

By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's center-right parties, celebrating a crushing victory over the ruling left, promised on Monday to start talks quickly to bridge divisions over the scope of market reforms and to form a coalition. The victorious conservative Law and Justice party and its likely junior partner, the pro-business Civic Platform fought bitterly over the economy in the run-up to Sunday's general elections and markets braced for tough, drawn-out negotiations....

2005-09-26 07:09:36

By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's centre-right parties, celebrating a crushing victory on Monday over the ruling left, faced tough talks on forming a coalition amid divisions over the scope of market reforms. The Polish zloty fell as partial results showed the pro-business Civic Platform, the markets' favorite, was likely to play the junior role in the government led by conservative Law and Justice party. The conservatives are skeptical about quick euro adoption by the...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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