On Monday, President Andrzej Duda swore in Mateusz Morawiecki as prime minister and appointed a new government, which has no chance of obtaining a vote of confidence in the new Sejm. – Mr. Prime Minister, I congratulate you and I am very happy – said the president. – We are fulfilling a political, historical and constitutional custom by establishing, after the parliamentary elections, the government of the Republic of Poland, which is formed by the candidate presented by the party, the political camp that won the parliamentary elections – he argued.
On Monday afternoon, the swearing-in ceremony of the new government took place at the Presidential Palace Mateusz Morawieckiwho will have two weeks from now to obtain a majority in the Sejm.
However, there is probably no chance for this – PiS can count on 194 votes in the new Sejm (191 PiS club + 3 near Kukiz’15), while the post-election coalition of KO, Poland 2050, PSL and New Left has 248 votes.
A new government without a majority
During the ceremony, the president Andrzej Duda by decision of November 27, 2023, he appointed Mateusz Morawiecki as the Prime Minister. The ministers received their appointments and took the oath.
President: we are fulfilling a political, historical, constitutional custom
– Mr. Prime Minister, congratulations and I am very happy. We are fulfilling a political, historical and constitutional custom by appointing the… elections parliamentary government of the Republic of Poland, which is formed by the candidate presented by the party, the political camp that won the parliamentary elections – said the president.
– I look at the Prime Minister and the ministers present here with joy. There are two reasons for this. First of all, I know most of you, but I don’t know most of you as ministers. I know you as experts, as people who have so far worked substantively in the second line, performing the tasks entrusted to them. Today, in addition to your substantive scope, you are also taking on extremely responsible political functions in managing Polish affairs. Thank you for this with all my heart, it is extremely important, he said.
He added that “there is another element that makes him very happy.” – A huge representation of women in this office. I have to say I’m built on it. I was very happy with the Prime Minister’s proposal when he told me that so many women, a record number in the history of the Republic of Poland after 1989, would constitute the government of the Republic of Poland and hold such extremely responsible, important positions. I believe this is a breakthrough, Duda said.
Duda: this is a very young office
– Another element, also very important to me. This is a very young cabinet, Mr. Prime Minister, he said, turning to Morawiecki.
– The average age, when I look at the ministers, is definitely below mine. I enjoy it. That’s good. There is a time of great challenges ahead of us today. And here in Europe, in Poland and in the world, they should be undertaken by energetic and dynamic people who look at the reality around us with young eyes, and at the same time are not afraid to take up challenges and have experience – said the president.
He mentioned the challenges, among others, the geopolitical situation, incl war in Ukraine, changes to EU treaties and energy transformation. – A new era is beginning in our country in the Polish energy industry, which is nuclear energy. Also the massive infrastructural development of Poland, which you started a few years ago and which is currently ongoing and accelerating. These are challenges that must be overcome, which must continue to be implemented, but which require a new drive, he said.
– We need new impulses. They are being implemented. We know what the ambitions of our society are. People want to be dynamic, they want to live comfortably and earn better. These are understandable and obvious expectations. We need to meet them and at the same time develop the country in a sustainable way, he continued.
– Mr. Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen ministers, I wish you good luck. I believe that you will cope with all the challenges. The Prime Minister is currently conducting negotiations regarding support for this cabinet. I wish the Prime Minister every success in this respect, and I wish you all success in carrying out your tasks for the Republic of Poland and for all of us, he said.
The ceremony was attended by, among others, the president of the Constitutional Tribunal Julia Przyłębska and chairwoman of the neo-KRS Dagmara Pawełczyk-Woicka.
Neither the Speaker of the Sejm, Szymon Hołownia, nor the Speaker of the Senate, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, was present at the Presidential Palace.
Main photo source: PAP/Paweł Supernak