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Poland's Victorious Center-Right Parties to Begin Coalition Talks

Poland's main center-right parties say they will try to form a workable governing coalition within a few weeks, following their clear victory in Sunday's legislative elections.

The conservative Law and Justice Party and its nominee for prime minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz will begin coalition talks this week with the pro-business Civil Platform. Those two parties defeated the Democratic Left Alliance in Sunday's vote.

Meanwhile, outgoing Prime Minister Marek Belka met Vice President Richard Cheney at the White House Wednesday during a farewell visit to Washington. Poland took part in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq two years ago.

Also, the White House announced that Polish President Aleksander Kwasnieswki, who concludes his second and final term in December, will pay his own farewell visit to President Bush on October 12.