Poland two-party coalition Cabinet formed

Nov. 14, 2007 at 12:28 PM

WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Polish Prime Minister-designate Donald Tusk of the liberal, pro-EU Civic Platform and the centrist Peasant Party have agreed to form a coalition government.

Tusk, whose center-right party won parliamentary elections Oct. 21, and Waldemar Pawlak, leader of the Peasant Party, announced on Wednesday that the Civic Platform will take over nine ministries, Pawlak's party will take over three and five ministries will be given to independent experts, Polish Radio said Wednesday.

The two-party coalition government is to have two deputy prime ministers, one will be Pawlak, who will also be economy minister, and the other one Grzegorz Schetyna, secretary-general of the Peasant Party, who will take over the job of interior and administration minister.

Radek Sikorski, former defense minister, is expected to be appointed the foreign minister.

Independent expert Jacek Rostowski is to become the finance minister.

Tusk and his coalition government are expected to be sworn in this week.

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