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Motion of the opposition for a vote of no confidence in Mariusz Błaszczak with a negative opinion of the parliamentary committee

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On Thursday, the parliamentary national defense committee gave a negative opinion on the motion of no confidence in the head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak. It was submitted by the clubs of the Civic Coalition and the Left.

20 deputies voted for the opposition’s motion of no confidence in Błaszczak, 21 were against, no one abstained.

In the justification for the motion of KO and the Left, it was emphasized that “the actions taken by Mariusz Błaszczak in recent weeks clearly show that he is not a person responsible enough to fulfill the position of the Minister of National Defense in the face of the war taking place just beyond the Polish border.” In this context, the case of a rocket that fell in December near Bydgoszcz was mentioned.

READ: Timeline of events regarding the rocket debris near Bydgoszcz

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Siemoniak: there is a very serious concern about Błaszczak’s position in the army

Its chairman, Michał Jach, was elected as rapporteur of the committee (PIS). MP KO Tomasz Siemoniak during the discussion, he said that the head of the Ministry of National Defense in the case of the rocket tried to shift responsibility to the military who presented their different versions, so “there is a very serious concern about the position” of Błaszczak in Polish army. He added that there are many doubts about informing the most important people in the country about the rocket’s flight and fall, as well as about abandoning the search for remains and responsibility for the whole matter.

Deputy head of the Ministry of National Defence: application difficult to substantiate and defend

The deputy head of the Ministry of National Defense Wojciech Skurkiewicz noted that on Ukraine there is a war going on Belarus there is a threat in the form of the mercenary Wagner Group, meanwhile the opposition submits a motion of no confidence “difficult to substantively justify and defend”. He added that the proposal was largely based on the so-called media facts and press articles, which creates a false picture of events to be the basis for a vote of no confidence in the head of the Ministry of National Defence.

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The KO and the Left Clubs prepared a motion of no confidence in the head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak in May. The justification for the application stated, among other things, that on December 16, 2022, a Russian-made rocket capable of carrying nuclear warheads landed in Zamość near Bydgoszcz. “The event was only reported at the end of April 2023, when a random bystander came across the rocket – a client of a nearby guest house, who found the object and notified the police about the case” – we read in the application.

KO MP Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz during a meeting of the Parliamentary National Defense CommitteePAP/Tomasz Gzell

The case of the remains of the rocket found near Bydgoszcz

At the end of April, the Minister of Justice announced on Twitter that the prosecutor’s office had initiated proceedings regarding the remains of an air object found in a forest near Bydgoszcz. The Ministry of National Defense reported that the remains of an unidentified military facility were found about 15 km from Bydgoszcz.

On May 11, the head of the Ministry of National Defense stated that “procedures and response mechanisms in the case of the object found near Bydgoszcz worked properly up to the level of the operational commander”. He accused Gen. Tomasz Piotrowski, the operational commander of the Polish Armed Forces, of not informing him or the relevant services about the missile that entered Polish airspace. According to the minister, in the report of December 16, which he received from COD, there was information that on that day “no violation or crossing of the airspace of the Republic of Poland was recorded, which – as it later turned out – was untrue”. He added that any personnel decisions would be made after consultation with the president.

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The BBN stated a day later that the information at the disposal of the president “does not justify making personnel decisions” regarding the highest commanding staff of the Polish Army, and the president has not been presented with any request in this matter.

According to the constitution, the Sejm may express a vote of no confidence in the minister. A motion may be submitted by at least 69 deputies. The Sejm expresses a vote of no confidence by a majority of votes of the statutory number of deputies.

Main photo source: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

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