Poland's new Communist Party First Secretary, Mr. Edward Gierek, today (Monday) made a nationwide television?
Poland's new Communist Party First Secretary, Mr. Edward Gierek, today (Monday) made a nationwide television broadcast calling for "order and peace" and admitting that "ill-considered economic policies" had been responsible for much of the rioting which has torn through the country in the last week.
Mr. Gierek became Poland's new leader following yesterday's (Sunday) political shake-up in which five top Polish Communist Party officials - headed by former First Secretary Wladyslaw Gomulka - lost their posts.
In the broadcast, Mr. Gierek said that the Party had not always been "in close contact with the whole nation" and the time had come for Poland to receive an explanation to the recent events - "a self-critical one, but clear and true." But, while he promised to take a whole new look at the country's economic plans, he indicated that the price rises that sparked-off the riots would remain. He added: "There are many problems which demand a solution.....they will be considered.....and they will be solved."