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Polish minister quits following report highlighting high death toll on roads

Poland's deputy infrastructure minister has stepped down following criticism of the level of road deaths in the country.

Jerzy Szmit was in charge of road and air transport, including construction of much-needed roads.

Mr Szmit told Polish news agency PAP on Friday that he resigned for personal reasons and that prime minister Beata Szydlo accepted the resignation.

His departure comes on the heels of a report that said Poland's road death toll is among Europe's highest, with more than 3,000 people killed last year.

Poland's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said recently some changes in the government are possible in the autumn, but said he is in general pleased with its work.

The government is largely unchanged since 2015 when it took power.

AP

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