President Lech Walesa, who has already taken steps to dissolve parliament and oust the left-dominated government, asked the lawmakers Monday to resign.

"I appeal to you, please step down, because history will not forgive us," Walesa told a meeting of caucus leaders and speakers of both chambers of parliament. "If you don't do that, then I will make the decision."Walesa, the former head of the Solidarity labor union that toppled the communist regime in 1989, accuses the government of holding up economic reforms and doing nothing about corruption and inefficiency. He appears determined to get rid of it before his presidential term ends in December.

He cannot take action against the government itself, so he must dissolve parliament to hold new elections. The current government was chosen by a parliament elected in 1993, after Walesa dissolved the previous legislature.

Walesa, repeating accusations of corruption among government and parliament members, asked the legislative leaders to resign Monday after meeting with Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak.