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Leader of Largest Group in Polish Parliament Opens Coalition Talks


The leader of the largest group in Poland's parliament has opened coalition talks with a small centrist party, saying he is certain the two parties can build a new government together.

Donald Tusk, who heads the pro-business Civic Platform met Wednesday with the head of the Polish Peasants' Party, which backs quick adoption of the euro currency and less bureaucracy for small businesses.

Tusk described the talks as warm, while Peasants' party leader Waldemar Pawlak said he and Tusk share similar views on many things.

The Civic Platform won parliamentary polls early this week, defeating the governing Law and Justice Party.

Meanwhile, outgoing Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said he plans to step down November 5. He told reporters today he is troubled by reports that both Russia and Germany reacted positively to his party's defeat.

Mr. Kaczynski and his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, presided over an economic boom in Poland. But they were frequently found embroiled in domestic political infighting and at the center of diplomatic disputes with other European governments.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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