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Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 04:55 GMT
Political manoeuvring continues in Polish coalition

Political manoeuvring is continuing in Poland as parties within the Solidarity coalition try to resolve differences which could see the right-wing alliance collapse.

The leader of the bloc, Marian Krzaklewski, said that if the five factions within the coalition agreed to form a unified party, he would accept that there should be a rotating leadership.

However, another senior official, Jacek Rybicki, said that this change, without a decision on how to integrate coalition members, could result in the bloc finding itself leaderless.

Three parties considering withdrawing from the Solidarity bloc have said they'll cut their participation while they wait for Mr Krzaklewski to step down. The crisis within the coalition follows his disastrous showing in Poland's presidential elections two weeks ago.

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