20 Nov 2011

Reform vote won by PM

7:09 am on 20 November 2011

Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland has won a parliamentary vote of confidence in a programme of tough reforms.

The Civic Platform and the People's Party coalition won 234 votes in the 460-member lower chamber, the Sejm.

Mr Tusk wants to raise the retirement age and eliminate tax and pension perks to save about 10 billion zlotys (2.25 billion euros) per year.

Poland is the only European Union member state to avoid recession. The BBC reports its economy is forecast to grow by about 4% this year.

Mr Tusk wants to shield the country from the continuing eurozone crisis and hopes to reduce the budget deficit to 1% by the end of the current parliament in 2015.