WORLD

World Notes

June 18 1990
WORLD

World Notes

June 18 1990

World Notes

A SWING TO THE RIGHT

Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir announced the formation of the most rightwing government in Israeli history. Seven extremist and religious parties and three independent parliamentarians signed a coalition agreement with Shamir’s Likud party. The new government, backed by 62 members of the 120-seat parliament, will seek a vote of confidence tins week. In March, the Labour Party brought down a national unity government over Shamir’s refusal to accept U.S. proposals for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

CIVIC FORUM WINS ELECTION

Civic Forum and its Slovak counterpart, Public Against Violence, were heading for a resounding victory in Czechoslovakia’s first free elections in four decades. Early projections gave them 173 seats in the 300-seat parliament, with 47 for the Christian Democrats and 40 for the Communist party. Other parties were unlikely to secure any seats.

STRUGGLING SOLIDARITY

In Poland, Solidarity trade union leader Lech Walesa accused Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki of halting democratization and called on his Solidarity-led government to hold parliamentary and presidential elections in the fall. Meanwhile, Adam Michnik, editor of the Solidarity newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza (Electoral Gazette), accused Walesa of trying to destabilize the government to promote his own presidential aspirations.

AN ASSISTED SUICIDE

Janet Adkins, 54, of Portland, Ore., killed herself by pushing a button on a suicide device to which a Michigan doctor, Jack Kevorkian, had connected her, about one year after she was diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder. There is no specific law against assisting suicide in Michigan, where Adkins died from a lethal injection of poison. But prosecutors are examining court rulings to determine whether to lay charges against Kevorkian.

PRIMARY VICTORIES

In a series of U.S. election primaries, former San Francisco mayor Dianne Feinstem won the Democratic nomination for California governor, pitting her against Republican Senator Pete Wilson in November general elections. In North Carolina, former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt won the Democratic Senate nomination. Gantt, who is black, will face conservative, white, three-term Republican Senator Jesse Helms in November.