Further scandal befalls the SLD

February 2005
Emerging Europe Monitor: Central Europe & Baltic States;Feb2005, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
Country Report
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The article reports that the ruling political party Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) of Poland, which has been struggling to raise its re-election prospects against a backdrop of poor public approval ratings, has suffered a further blow with the resignation of parliamentary speaker Jozef Oleksy. In late-2004, a Polish court ruled that Oleksy had been associated with the secret services during the period of communist rule in the country. A series of corruption scandals in recent years contributed to an alarming fall in support for the SLD. Since the last parliamentary elections in 2001, the SLD has seen its popularity fall from around 40% to barely above the 5% threshold for parliamentary representation, amid persistent allegations of high-level political impropriety.


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