Parliament approved President Wojciech Jaruzelski's offer to step down this fall and agreed Friday to dissolve itself and the Senate as the result of the political changes that swept the country.
The resolution worked out late at night after two days of stormy discussion was approved on a 252-17 vote with 50 abstentions."The Sejm (the lower house of parliament) after reviewing political changes which took place in Poland and the disbanding of two major parties decided to shorten Sejm's and Senate's as well as president's terms in office," the resolution said.
Solidarity founder Lech Walesa's announcement Monday that he will run for Poland's presidency also was instrumental in prompting the Sejm's resolution.
Jaruzelski, seen as the last remnant of the Communist regime, has been under increasing pressure to resign.