October 12, 2012 / 4:44 PM / in 5 years

Polish PM wins vote of confidence in parliament

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Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk delivers a speech at the Polish Parliament In Warsaw October 12, 2012.Slawomir Kaminski/Agancja Gazeta

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Friday won a parliamentary vote of confidence that he himself had requested to slap down criticism of how he is handling the slowing economy.

Two hundred and thirty-three members of the 460-seat lower house of parliament backed Tusk in the vote, while 219 voted against him.

The vote was largely symbolic because Tusk and his coalition partner between them have a four-seat majority in parliament. Nevertheless, the zloty currency had weakened earlier, with traders citing nervousness that Tusk could lose the vote.

Reporting by Pawel Sobczak, writing by Maciej Onoszko

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