The president’s decision to entrust the mission of forming the government to Mateusz Morawiecki was made out of respect for the election results and the principles that are in the constitution – argued Łukasz Schreiber, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers, in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24. – Today, you are probably the first opposition in the world that is trying to govern – Cezary Tomczyk from the Civic Coalition told him.
President Andrzej Dudadespite the declarations of the Civic Coalition, Third Way and the Left to form a coalition, entrusted on Monday evening the mission of forming a government to Mateusz Morawiecki.
The current democratic opposition can count on 248 of the 460 seats in the new Sejm, and PiS – on 194.
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Schreiber: The president’s decision resulted from respect for the election results
The situation related to the election of a new government was discussed in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 by Łukasz Schreiber, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers, and Cezary Tomczyk from the Civic Coalition.
Schreiber said the president’s decision was made “out of respect for the election results and the principles that are in the constitution.” He added that the mission to form a government “is a chance to give MPs an alternative to the left-wing proposal that Donald Tusk proposes with his camp.”
– The point is to give a real chance to all MPs, including all clubs PSL MPsConfederation, so that they could not say, for example, after two years of disgrace of Tusk’s cabinet, that they had no choice – argued Schreiber.
Tomczyk: this is the last money grab
Cezary Tomczyk also commented on the matter.
– I have the impression that PiS MPs have lost touch with reality. After all, we know exactly what the majority in this chamber looks like. After all, today you are probably the first opposition in the world that is trying to rule, he said to Schreiber.
– And we saw what the majority in this room looks like in the case choice former Speaker of the Sejm, Mrs. Elżbieta Witek. The vote on this matter clearly showed who has the majority in the Sejm today. The vote on this matter clearly showed what the new majority looks like, and this majority is the Civic Coalition, Third Way and New Left, he continued. He added that “there is no need to prove anything to anyone in this case.”
According to Tomczyk, PiS’s behavior is “another jump on positions.” – This is about further state institutions. For example, today Mr. Patkowski, Deputy Minister of Finance, became the president of the Polish Audit Oversight Agency. A former spokesman for the Ministry of Health – a job at the National Bank of Poland – said.
According to Tomczyk, this is the “last money grab” by the currently ruling team. – And I guarantee it will be the last one – he added.
Elżbieta Witek’s candidacy without support. “No one will play us this way”
The program’s guests also discussed Monday’s vote regarding the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speakers of the Sejm. The position was taken by Szymon Hołownia, who defeated Elżbieta Witek from PiS, who was running for this position again. Witek was later a candidate for deputy marshal, but in this case she also did not receive the support of the majority of MPs.
Łukasz Schreiber estimated that “for the first time in history, the largest parliamentary club is deprived of this position.” At this point, Tomczyk added that “he is not deprived” and there is a place in the Sejm presidium waiting for him. Representatives of the democratic majority argue that they will agree to elect a PiS representative who has not broken the law.
– Nobody will play us this way – said Schreiber. At the same time, he said that “it’s not really about these positions.” – This is not contempt shown to us, or to Mrs. Marshal Witek. This is contempt shown to the 7 million 600 thousand citizens who voted for Law and Justice – said the head of the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers. He added that during the five years that Elżbieta Witek held office, the opposition never once filed a motion to dismiss her.
Tomczyk reacted to Schreiber’s words. – Together with a group of MPs, Mr. Minister, we submitted an application to the prosecutor’s office regarding the abuse of powers under Article 231 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years. Mrs. Witek, despite the vote taken in the room, decided to reconsider, against the will of the people’s representatives – he said.
He referred in this way to the events of August 2021, when – in the opinion of many lawyers – an incident occurred resumption of voting that is inconsistent with the rules of procedure of the Sejm. It was about the opposition’s motion to postpone the debate, which was accepted, to PiS’s surprise. Elżbieta Witek then ordered a resumption.
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