Poland's Tusk called to quit over central bank deal claims

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk gives a press statement in Berlin on April 25, 2014Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is facing calls to resign over reports published Sunday that his interior minister cut a deal with the head of the central bank to stay in power. The secret recording allegedly features a conversation in which Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz tries to convince central bank chief Marek Belka to support government financial policy in return for the resignation of then finance minister Jacek Rostowski. “In this situation, excuse me, the decommission of the minister of finance is essential,” Belka is quoted as saying in the recording posted on Wprost magazine’s website. “Next there will come a new minister — I don’t have to tell you who that will be… We will do whatever is necessary to prevent” the opposition winning the next election, says the recording, allegedly taken in a restaurant in Warsaw mid last year.

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