Poland gets a government

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WARSAW (Reuter) - Poland's parliament voted in a new seven- party coalition government yesterday, ending more than a month of deadlock among divided political groups. Deputies voted by 226 to 124 with 28 abstentions for a cabinet led by Hanna Suchocka, a lawyer who became Prime Minister on Friday. Most of the economic posts in the new cabinet have gone to two parties which led the radical market reform programme Poland pioneered in 1990.

In Ukraine, President Leonid Kravchuk sacked the leading economic reformer, Vladimir Lanovoy, as head of Ukraine's economic reform programme. He named Valentin Simonenko, a former career Communist Party official, as first deputy prime minister with responsibility for the economy.