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Polish deputy PM dismissed
Move could trigger the collapse of the coalition government.
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2007 18:43 GMT
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's prime minister, has fired Andrzej Lepper, the deputy prime minister, his office said, in a move that Lepper said would trigger the collapse of the coalition government.
 
Lepper said on Monday that his Self-Defence party would not remain in the ruling coalition after he was sacked over a corruption inquiry.
Lepper, who heads Self-Defense, was dismissed after his name surfaced in connection with large-scale corruption charges, Kaczynski's office said.
 
Speaking to TVN24, Lepper said: "Self-Defense is leaving the government, we are not going to participate in this sort of government."
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