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Polish Agriculture Minister Quits

March 15, 1999

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Poland’s agriculture minister, the focus of farmers’ anger during protests over planned cuts in subsidies, resigned Monday.

Jacek Janiszewski, 38, a member of the senior partner in the Solidarity coalition government, submitted his resignation during a meeting with Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek, the PAP news agency and Teleexpress TV news reported. Government spokesman Bartlomiej Pawlak said Buzek will decide later whether to accept the resignation.

Thousands of farmers angered over planned agricultural reforms blocked roads throughout Poland in late January and early February. The roadblocks came down after the government and farmers agreed to set up a committee to make proposals on agricultural reforms.

Poland’s largest circulation daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, recently reported that Janiszewski improperly granted contracts to friends when he ran the regional agriculture agency in the Baltic port of Szczecin.

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