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European Parliament elections. Will any of the Left ministers run? The chief of staff responds

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There will be no constitutional ministers among the Left's candidates in the European Parliament elections, announced the chief of staff of the Minister for Equality, Katarzyna Kotula, on Thursday. The Left will present the leaders of the list to the European Parliament at the Saturday convention in Warsaw.

The Left convention inaugurating the campaign for the European Parliament will be held on Saturday. The leaders of the lists will be presented. On Friday evening, the boards of the parties associated with KKW Lewica – Nowa Lewica and the Razem party – will meet at separate meetings.

Katarzyna Kotula, the head of staff of the Left Minister for Equality, told journalists in the Sejm that final decisions on the Left candidates for the European Parliament will be made on Friday.

– It is probably no surprise that the lists to the European Parliament include several names of people who hold various positions, including in the government, but there are no constitutional ministers – she said. – So it will be neither the Minister of Science Dariusz Wieczorek, nor the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Affairs Krzysztof Gawkowski, nor the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, nor me – said the Minister for Equality.

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(From left) K. Gawkowski, D. Wieczorek, K. Kotula, A. Dziemianowicz-Bąk, Włodzimierz Czarzasty (March 2024)Albert Zawada/PAP

Zandberg: we have arrangements for sharing responsibility for the regions

Co-chairman of the Razem party, Adrian Zandberg, said that there are certain arrangements between the leadership of the parties constituting the Left, and now the statutory bodies of Razem and the New Left must formally adopt these arrangements. He emphasized that the “ones” for Razem are part of the arrangements between the parties. – We have agreements on the division of responsibility for individual regions and now all parties must vote on it in their statutory bodies – added Zandberg.

Read also: Unofficially: the “ones” of the Third Way and the Left to the European Parliament

Co-chairman of the New Left, Robert Biedroń, announced on Monday that former prime ministers Marek Belka and Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz had confirmed their willingness to run from the Left list. Deputy Minister of Justice Krzysztof Śmiszek also confirmed his readiness to run in the elections on Thursday. The chairwoman of the Left Club, Anna Maria Żukowska, also intends to run.

He was supposed to be the leader of the Left in Silesia, ultimately on the KO lists

However, an MEP Łukasz Kohut, who was supposed to be the leader of the Left in the province. Silesia, will ultimately be in third place on the KO list, also in the province. Silesian. Kohut he said on Wednesdaythat he does not like “this internal war”, especially after he was in the European Parliament for five years. – Besides, there is also the issue of the Razem party, which is extremely left-wing, and I do not like its program. I thought it was more reasonable – to start from the KO list – said Kohut.

Read more: The Civic Coalition presented candidates for the European elections

The Left Convention will start on Saturday at 10.30. The speakers will include: Robert Biedroń, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm, second co-chairman of the New Left Włodzimierz Czarzasty, Deputy Minister of Culture Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus and Deputy Minister Śmiszek.

This year's European elections will be held in various EU countries on June 6-9. In Poland, 53 members of the European Parliament will be elected on June 9.

Main photo source: Albert Zawada/PAP

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