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Despite health problems, Miller to remain in the driving seat of party and gov't

7th January 2004
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Although President Aleksander Kwaśniewski has suggested that Prime Minister Leszek Miller should for the time being share his duties with his deputies, due to his stay in hospital, Mr Miller has been reluctant to take such a step, and even argues that he still wants to run the government as well as lead his party.

However yesterday, Mr Miller announced that until January 16, when he is scheduled to leave hospital, he will delegate a portion of duties to Jerzy Hausner and Marek Pol.

"Following the 16th, I will resume my duties as usual. On Wednesday I will meet the president, on Thursday with Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) deputy leaders, while on Saturday I am scheduled to make an appearance on TV where I will present my government's priorities for this year," said Mr Miller.

He also plans to hold a meeting of the SLD parliamentary caucus on January 19, during which he will present "opinions and propositions which will improve the functioning and improve the relations between the government and the SLD parliamentary caucus."

Poland A.M.

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