The Sejm elected five deputy speakers on Monday. Elżbieta Witek’s candidacy was lost. The president of Law and Justice, Jarosław Kaczyński, told journalists that no other candidate would be proposed. He added that the PiS club is ready for the absence of the deputy speaker of the Sejm.
In a vote, the Sejm decided that there would be six deputy marshals in its 10th term. The MPs elected five of them in the evening: Monika Wielichowska, Dorota Niedziela (both from the Civic Coalition), Włodzimierz Czarzasty (New Left), Krzysztof Bosak (Confederation) and Piotr Zgorzelski (Trzecia Droga).
PiS candidate Elżbieta Witek did not receive the required support from MPs. Marshal of the Sejm Szymon Hołownia he announced after the votes that the procedure would continue choice sixth deputy marshal “The Sejm will return at a later date.”
Kaczyński: there will be no other candidate
After the votes, Kaczyński told journalists that “the opposition is what it is.” – Now it is the majority, but it is a total opposition. Everyone who doesn’t have some endosperm in their eyes has seen how she behaved over the years, he added.
– It is simply a cultural gap and I think it made it impossible to choose Mrs. Witek, because she is simply from a different world, from a different culture, the higher one, and they are from the lower one – said the PiS leader.
When asked whether PiS would have another candidate for deputy marshal, Kaczyński replied that “there would be no other candidate.”
– If there is any change, it will be from that side – he said. When asked whether the PiS club was ready for the lack of a deputy speaker in the Sejm, he replied in the affirmative. When asked whether PiS would nominate Witek again, Kaczyński replied that “it doesn’t make any sense at the moment.”
Kaczyński: Witek endured everything with angelic patience and great culture
The PiS president, presenting Witek’s candidacy before the vote in the plenary hall, said that she had served as Marshal of the Sejm for “over 50 months.” He added that it was an “exceptionally difficult time” because “the opposition declared itself a total opposition.”
– We saw an incredible level of aggression, rudeness and rudeness in the Sejm. The marshal endured all this with angelic patience and great culture. Even if only this is a sufficient reason to elect her to this office, said the PiS president. He added that the choice of the PiS representative should be obvious in a “normally functioning parliament.”
The PiS president said that the opposition parties use “tactics of reversing meanings and are constantly trying to recognize themselves as the democratic opposition, having the same rights as the democratic bloc from the 1940s, or even less, because they did not, at least formally, declare that they would liquidate the Polish state.” .
Elżbieta Witek about “the circus that took place today”
Elżbieta Witek also assured in a conversation with journalists that PiS would not propose another candidate for deputy marshal. – It cannot be that someone will nominate candidates for the largest club, the party that won these elections. There will be no other candidate except me, she announced.
She argued that, unlike her predecessors, including Radosław Sikorski, she strived to follow the regulations and respect the rights of the opposition. She stated that for four years, opposition MPs had assured her in private conversations that they highly appreciated her performance in this position. – It is also worth asking why the opposition did not file a motion to dismiss the Speaker of the Sejm if he was so angry – she said. In her opinion, her period as Speaker was a time of challenges that other Speakers of the Sejm had never faced before, such as elections during a pandemic.
Witek also complained about “the hate that has been poured out on me, a modest, inconspicuous woman, for a long time by those who defend women’s rights.” In her opinion, the opposition “must be afraid of something.” “In my opinion, it’s only fear that makes them behave this way,” she said. She added that the most important assessment of her work is the electoral result, which is 50,000 votes higher than in the 2019 elections. – The assessment in the Sejm hall is not important to me. What matters is the assessment of my voters, for which I am grateful, and not the circus that took place here today, she emphasized.
Main photo source: PAP/Paweł Supernak