Polish Regime Continues to Crumble

Kaczynski sacks interior minister as early elections loom
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 9, 2007 11:43 AM CDT
Polish President Lech Kaczynski, left, shakes hands with his twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski, after naming him Poland's new Prime Minister, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Poland's Kaczynski regime came to the brink of collapse today following the dismissal of the country's interior minister on corruption allegations, writes the International Herald Tribune. The Kaczynskis, whose two years at the top of Polish politics have increasingly isolated the nation in Europe, have conceded that early elections are now likely.

The hard-right government, led by twin brothers Lech and Jaroslaw, had already been on rocky terrain following the disgrace of a deputy PM and the departure of two smaller parties from the coalition. Today's firing is only the latest in a string of dismissals and resignations over the past year that have troubled the ruling Law and Justice Party.