The new conservative government is sworn in without a majority in Poland: a “farce”

The Law and Justice Party remained the largest party in the elections that took place in mid-October, but it lost its majority in parliament. This went to a coalition of opposition parties headed by former European President Donald Tusk. Together they hold 248 of the 460 seats in Poland’s parliament, compared to PiS’s 191 seats.

However, President Duda, who belongs to the same party as Prime Minister Morawiecki, reappointed the latter to the position of coordinator, arguing that PiS is the largest in Parliament. Since all attempts to cooperate with the opposition, Morawiecki formed a government on his own. Tusk and his colleagues also received an offer to include the opposition’s proposals in the coalition agreement in exchange for support. On a cold stone.

Despite the lack of a majority, the new government was formed yesterday (Monday, TT) He was sworn in before President Duda. According to him, the constitutional practice in Poland is to appoint “a government composed of the political camp that won the parliamentary elections.”

Technocrats

The new government includes a surprising number of technocrats who do not belong to the Law and Justice Party. The number of women in government is greater than the number of men for the first time. PiS leader Jarosław Kaczynski described the suggestion that many former ministers did not want to join a government without a majority as a “complete lie”. “The important point is that there should not be too many politicians in this government,” he said. “We want to show that we can govern in a different way.”

The opposition speaks of a “laughable and cry-worthy farce at the same time,” and PiS critics see the appointment as a disingenuous maneuver by Kaczynski and Morawiecki to keep their party in power by any means necessary. However, they probably won’t be able to maintain this strategy for long. Constitutionally, the new government must obtain the confidence of the majority in Parliament within fourteen days. The vote is likely to take place on December 11, when the government will fall.

Parliament itself will only be allowed to appoint a new coordinator if Morawiecki’s new government is reinstated, and Tusk’s Liberal Civic Platform party, as the second largest party, will have a chance to form a new government. He will also have to get a majority in parliament behind him.

Members of the new Polish government, with President Duda at the center and Prime Minister Morawiecki at his side.Photo by Agence France-Presse

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