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Minister Resigns Amid Scandal
November 28, 2013   
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Transportation Minister Sławomir Nowak resigned Nov. 15 after prosecutors said he may have broken the law by making a false financial disclosure.

Several months ago an influential Polish news magazine reported that Nowak had failed to declare the ownership of a watch worth around zl.17,000 in his financial statement as a member of parliament.

Other press reports suggested that Nowak was friendly with businessmen whose companies had secured contracts from state-owned enterprises and provided consulting services to his Civic Platform (PO) party, the senior coalition partner in the government. Nowak is a prominent member of the PO.

Announcing his resignation, Nowak denied wrongdoing and said he would renounce his immunity from prosecution as a deputy should prosecutors motion that he should be tried in court.

Opposition politicians claimed Nowak was a poor minister and blamed him for delays in building freeways and expressways in the country. Most said the “watch scandal” was just an excuse for Tusk to get rid of an unpopular minister.
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