Today, the President will summarize the course of consultations with representatives of electoral committees that will be represented in the next Sejm. The talks were divided over two days. The head of the president’s office, Marcin Mastalerek, said that today we will not learn the name of the person to whom Andrzej Duda will entrust the mission of forming the government.
On Tuesday Andrzej Duda he talked to PiS and KO politicians, and on Wednesday – with politicians of the Third Way, the Left and Confederation.
After the talks, the head of the Chancellery of the President, Grażyna Ignaczak-Bandych, said that on Thursday at 12 p.m. the president would summarize the course of the consultations. She reported that during meetings with the committees, the president declared openness to dialogue and cooperation on the most important issues for Poland.
On Thursday morning, the new head of the president’s cabinet, Marcin Mastalerek, said on RMF FM radio that “today we will not learn the name of the new prime minister.” – The president will summarize consultations with all parties – he said. – I think he will tell Poles what he said during the consultations. He will summarize what he heard, he added.
What politicians heard from the president
The first people the president talked to were PiS politicians – the prime minister Mateusz MorawieckiRyszard Terlecki and Rafał Bochenek.
Bochenek reported in the Sejm that “it was a consultative meeting” and the president “was keenly interested in the process of forming the Sejm majority.” When asked whether PiS representatives heard the president’s declaration that they would be able to form a government, he replied: – No such clear declaration was made by the president at this meeting.
On Tuesday, Andrzej Duda also met with representatives of the Civic Coalition: the head of PO and the opposition candidate for prime minister, Donald Tusk, as well as Barbara NowackaAdam Szłapka, Urszula Zielińska and Marcin Kierwiński.
The co-chair of the Greens, Urszula Zielińska, was asked about the course of the meeting on TOK FM radio, who said that the president “repeatedly emphasized during this meeting his will to cooperate with the new government. – Regardless of who would form this government – whether it would be the democratic opposition or Law and Justice – she added.
On behalf of the Third Way, the president of PSL, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, and the leader of Poland 2050, Szymon Hołownia, came to meet the president.
– The President made it clear that he would convene the first session of the Sejm probably at the last moment. He used the phrase that he did not want to shorten the term of office of this Sejm – said Hołownia after the meeting. Kosiniak-Kamysz said that Duda has not yet made a decision on appointing a prime minister.
In turn, the Left was represented by Włodzimierz Czarzasty, Robert Biedroń, Adrian Zandberg, Magdalena Biejat, Wojciech Konieczny and Waldemar Witkowski.
– I think that the president is more and more convinced that the opposition cooperates with each other and is coherent in its two basic statements – said Włodzimierz Czarzasty after leaving the Presidential Palace.
The Confederation sent a five-person representation to the president’s meeting. The leaders of the Confederation of the Polish Crown and New Hope appeared on Krakowskie Przedmieście: Włodzimierz Skalik, Krzysztof Bosak, Grzegorz Braun, Przemysław Wipler and Sławomir Mentzen.
– We declared that we would support neither the Civic Platform government nor the PiS government. Our interest is in implementing our program, said Sławomir Mentzen after leaving the Presidential Palace.
Three steps to electing a government
The constitution provides for three possible steps leading to the election of a government after elections. In the first one, the president plays a major role, who, among other things, designates the prime minister, taking into account that the government he proposes must win the support of an absolute majority in the Sejm to obtain a vote of confidence.
If this attempt fails, the Sejm takes the initiative. Then the prime minister and the government need an absolute majority of votes in the presence of at least half of the statutory number of deputies.
If the MPs fail to form a government, the initiative returns to the president, and a simple majority is needed for a vote of confidence.
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