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Zbigniew Messner

In office
6 November 1985 – 27 September 1988
Preceded by Wojciech Jaruzelski
Succeeded by Mieczysław Rakowski

Born 13 March 1929 (1929-03-13) (age 80)
Stryi, Second Polish Republic
Political party Polish United Workers' Party
Profession Economist

Zbigniew Messner ['zbigɲɛf ˈmɛssnɛr] ( listen) (b. 13 March 1929 in Stryj, Poland) was a Communist economist and politician in Poland. In 1972, he became Professor of Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice. He was a member of Central Committee of Polish United Workers' Party from 1981 until 1988, deputy prime minister in 1983–1985 and Prime Minister 1985–1988.

In 1988, his cabinet received a motion of no confidence in the Sejm (Parliament), still dominated by Communists, and had to transfer power to Mieczysław Rakowski. This was an unprecedented event in the Communist world, one of the strongest signs of democratic change brought by Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Preceded by
Wojciech Jaruzelski
Prime Minister of Poland
1985–1988
Succeeded by
Mieczysław Rakowski
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