A meeting of the party leadership was held at the headquarters of the Law and Justice party at ul. Nowogrodzka in Warsaw to learn about the results of the coalition talks on the appointment of positions in the government. It is a political alliance between Jarosław Kaczyński’s party and Adam Bielan’s Republican party. PiS politicians did not comment on the results of the meeting.
The meeting, which lasted about three hours, was attended by, among others, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and other vice-presidents of the party, in addition to Jarosław Kaczyński, PiS president.
The PiS leadership meeting was announced last week by the deputy speaker of the Sejm, head of the PiS club, Ryszard Terlecki, who then informed that the presidium of the PiS Political Committee would meet on Monday to review the results of the coalition talks. – I think that some agreement that will stabilize and strengthen our majority in the Sejm is close – added Terlecki.
A government spokesman spoke about possible “cosmetic changes” in the government
Government spokesman Piotr Mueller in the First Program of Polish Radio said last week that if there are changes in the government, “it will be cosmetic changes”. – We are talking about a few people – he said then, making a reservation that he would not anticipate the decision of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who would first present the changes to President Andrzej Duda.
MEP Adam Bielan, president of the Republican Party, which is to be the new coalition partner of PiS under the United Right, said on Monday on Radio Zet that two politicians of his party will be ministers: Kamil Bortniczuk and Michał Cieślak, who from autumn 2020 is already in the government as minister-member of the Council of Ministers responsible for local government affairs. Bielan stressed that Cieślak would still be a minister without portfolio in the prime minister’s office, with the rank of “constitutional minister”, and that Jacek Żalek would remain deputy minister in the ministry for funds and regional policy. Bortniczuk – according to reports from recent days – would become the Minister of Sports.
Possible changes in the government
Changes in the government have been announced by the United Right since leaving the ruling camp by the Agreement of Jarosław Gowin, who left the government along with some of his associates, but in the end most of the deputy ministers from the group of the former deputy prime minister remained in the United Right.
As part of the changed formula, the United Right may join, inter alia, the Republican Party founded by MEP Bielan and the “Renewal of the Republic of Poland” formation, deputy head of the Ministry of National Defense, Marcin Ociepa.
Main photo source: PAP / Paweł Supernak