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Poland’s PM: Changes in Cabinet in November

November 8, 2013

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk says he will shuffle his Cabinet later this month as he tries to improve the government’s image before 2015 parliamentary elections.

Tusk’s pro-market government took office in 2007 and is the longest-serving since Poland shed communism in 1989. But it has been rapidly losing voter support following a string of unpopular decisions meant to address the growing budget deficit.

They include raising the retirement age to 67 from 60 for women and 65 for men, and a plan to revamp the pension system that would transfer part of people’s pension savings from private funds to a state account.

Critics say Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski, who endorsed those plans, has to go, along with the administration, sports and education ministers.