Polish PM says to resign Friday

May 4, 2005 at 9:35 AM

WARSAW, Poland, May 4 (UPI) -- Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka said Wednesday he would offer his resignation Friday to try and force early parliamentary elections.

"The day after tomorrow I will submit my resignation to the president," Belka was quoted by the PAP news agency as saying.

On Thursday, Parliament will vote on a resolution to dissolve itself which, if passed, would lead to elections in June.

Belka's party, the Democratic Left Alliance, has suffered a huge drop in popularity since scoring 43 percent in elections in 2001.

The party's support now stands at less than 10 percent -- one factor influencing Belka's pledge to quit the party and join a new centrist grouping to fight the elections.

Belka has said he would stay on as caretaker prime minister, at least for a short time, if his resignation is not accepted by President Aleksander Kwasniewski.

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