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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 17/03/2006

The "Fourth Republic"

President Lech Kaczynski's Law and Justice Party, which has been governing the country since November, is propagating the idea of the "Fourth Republic" which would replace the "Third Republic" created in 1989 following the fall of communism, because the latter has not been thorough enough in its efforts to rid Poland of the old communist network. Economic scientist and journalist Waldemar Kuczynski approves of this break but points out that the "Fourth Republic" has already gambled away its reputation. "For many Poles the current political constellation is unacceptable, and those in power are not prepared to acknowledge that Poland is not a formless mass that can be kneaded into shape to comform to the obsessions of a certain party or individual. But that's roughly what the 'Fourth Republic' looks like. Perhaps we should call it by this name so that it doesn't contaminate the past 17 years with its current characteristics... The time for cleaning and airing will come after the 'Fourth Republic'. Therefore it's a good idea to make a clean break with the 'Third Republic'.

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 19/01/2006

Government Crisis

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling PiS (Law and Justice) party and twin brother of the Polish president, has given the parliamentary parties an ultimatum: either they support all government proposals over the next six months or new elections will be called. Waldemar Kuczynski sees this as a threat to democracy. "By using the threat of new elections, Jaroslaw Kaczynski is effectively demanding that these parties agree to a six-month suspension of democracy to prepare the way for his own dictatorship. If Kaczynski wants dictatorship, then he should ask the Polish people for it. Perhaps it would work. Sometimes a nation voluntarily lets itself be handcuffed – and it has every right to do so."

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