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August 29, 2012   
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Palikot Proposes Minority Government
Janusz Palikot, the leader of the opposition Palikot Movement party, has called on Prime Minister Donald Tusk to drop the Polish People’s Party (PSL), its junior partner, from the ruling coalition and lead a minority government.

Palikot offered to support such a minority government under certain conditions but without joining the governing coalition.

“If the prime minister is in a situation in which the coalition partner, the PSL, has made it impossible to make real changes [in the country] for the last 12 months and if he has a vision for Poland, I call on Donald Tusk to create a minority government,” Palikot said at a press conference.

President Urges Missile Defense System
President Bronisław Komorowski has proposed that the government create a national missile defense system that could become a part of a NATO-wide system of defense against air strikes. “Our mistake was that by accepting the American missile shield offer we failed to take into full account the political risk associated with a change of president,” Komorowski told Wprost weekly in an interview, referring to U.S. President Barack Obama’s September 2010 decision to cancel George W. Bush’s original plan for an anti-ballistic missile system to be deployed in Poland.

President Obama wants to place land- and sea-based radar and interceptors in several European locations as a shield against possible missile attack from Iran. The early phases of the plan call for using Aegis radar on ships and a more powerful radar based in Turkey. Later Aegis radar would be placed in Poland and Romania.

“We must have a missile system as an element of our defense capability,” Komorowski said. “Spending large sums of money on military technology does not really make sense if it is not protected from the most typical and dangerous type of assault: missile and air strike.”
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