The voices of post-election criticism are becoming more and more bold from the ruling camp. And it so happens that these bravest reviewers are gathered around the president. Does this constitute a political plan for the future?
Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski – advisor to the president – has been politically close to Jarosław Kaczyński for years. Recently, however, more with President Andrzej Duda. Three weeks after the elections, as a result of which PiS lost power, he talks about the future of the party president. – First of all, (Jarosław Kaczyński – editor’s note) should anoint someone and someone should be prepared to take over the rule of the right wing if it is to survive – said Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, advisor to the president, on RMF FM.
In recent days, reporters of “Fakty” TVN and TVN24 have repeatedly asked PiS politicians about the consequences of the lost campaign. They either answered in general terms or pointed to those who already bore this responsibility. – The structures in the campaign did not function well – said Zbigniew Kuźmiuk from PiS.
After the elections, the following people lost their positions: party secretary general Krzysztof Sobolewski, head of Warsaw structures Jarosław Krajewski and head of the PiS parliamentary club Ryszard Terlecki.
More far-reaching conclusions rarely appear publicly. And certainly none of the active PiS MPs has so far pointed out the president’s responsibility so clearly. And this is exactly what MP and advisor to the president – Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski – did. – There was some concept, some message around which the elections were built and this was decided by the leadership of Law and Justice – Ardanowski points out. This is almost the same voice as that of Marcin Mastalerek – the president’s friend and head of office – who stated that Jarosław Kaczyński should retire early.. His voice should be treated as the voice of Andrzej Duda. – He (Andrzej Duda – editor’s note) is thinking about revenge because he suffered so many terrible things and humiliations from PiS. All he thinks about is revenge on them, he said Saturday’s “Facts after Facts” Zbigniew Janas, opposition activist in the Polish People’s Republic.
Replace the president?
Or maybe Andrzej Duda is also thinking about taking over the party president’s legacy? Mateusz Morawiecki was definitely interested, but he had just lost the election. In this way, Andrzej Duda’s chances have increased. Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, just like Paweł Poncyljusz, used to be close to the president. Today, they both believe that Andrzej Duda may be thinking about taking power in PiS, although they assess his chances of success differently. – He can think of himself as a successor, especially since this legend of 10 years of being president will be unacceptable within Law and Justice – says Paweł Poncyliusz from PO. – Andrzej Duda was unable to stand up to Jarosław Kaczyński. I don’t think he has enough strength to gather a party, says Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska from PO.
In a dozen or so months, Andrzej Duda will finish his second and final term. – The president must rather think about how to spend the last several months of his term and what to do next after his second term – says Professor Szymon Ossowski, a political scientist from the Adam Mickiewicz University. – After 10 years of his presidency, he will only become, maybe as much as, the chairman or president of a political party which – as is the case in a democracy – may sometimes be in power and sometimes in opposition, is rather below Andrzej Duda’s ambitions – says Professor Anna Pacześniak, political scientist from the University of Wrocław.
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