The inaugural session of the Sejm is to be held on Monday, November 13, and Senior Marshal Marek Sawicki is already allocating seats in the debate hall and rooms for offices for parliamentary clubs. For PiS, the time when it dealt the cards is coming to an end. On Friday, we will learn the opposition’s coalition agreement, but not necessarily the names of the ministers.
For the first time in eight years, a representative of the opposition became the head of the Sejm. For now, it is the temporary senior marshal Marek Sawicki from PSL. But the change can already be felt and seen. Old plaques with the names of MPs are already disappearing. For the first time in years, PiS politicians are without a majority and without their previous self-confidence.
Opposition politicians announce the presentation of the coalition agreement on Friday – with no divisions of positions yet. These – as Borys Budka says – may only appear during Donald Tusk’s potential expose.
On Monday – during the first session of the Sejm – the Marshal is to be elected. Szymon Hołownia does not want to officially confirm that it will now be him. – I don’t know, I’ll find out on Monday. I guess around 1 p.m. I am waiting for it with great emotions – admits the leader of Poland 2050.
The information about the division of the term of office of the Speaker of the Sejm into two parts is almost official. Here the exchange would take place between the Third Way and the Left. – We used, among others, the patterns of the European Union, where changes take place in the middle of the term – emphasizes Włodzimierz Czarzasty from the New Left.
An impossible task?
One thing seems certain today – Mateusz Morawiecki will neither form a government nor build a coalition. – He wouldn’t even be able to sign it (coalition agreement – editor’s note) in his own club. For example with Zbigniew Ziobro – emphasizes Borys Budka. Parties mentioned as alleged PiS coalition partners put an end to speculations. – We consider Mateusz Morawiecki a pest – argues Krzysztof Bosak from Konfederacja. – No one from PiS called me regarding this matter. There were talks with some MPs – adds Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz from PSL.
Attempts to build support in the current Sejm are a fiction that PiS politicians still maintain – we hear from opposition politicians. It is not known whether Mateusz Morawiecki will want to make an exposé or submit to a parliamentary vote.
What about the budget law?
The current deputy minister in the PiS government – when asked by the editors of “Fakty” TVN – has completely lost his desire to work in the government. – I don’t have any ambitions. I want (to work – editor’s note) simply as a parliamentarian. We are not talking about positions, emphasizes Jan Kanthak from Sovereign Poland.
There is really nothing to talk about the positions. What we are talking about is the budget. Delaying the appointment of a new government means delaying work on the budget. The constitution says that if, after four months of parliamentary work, the budget does not reach the president, he may dissolve the parliament. The date indicated here is the end of January. Wrong – says the opposition. – The new government must submit a new draft budget and from that moment four months pass – Budka points out.
Politicians point to the situation from 2015, when President Duda gave PiS and Beata Szydło’s government much more time to work on the budget bill. He signed it on March 3, 2016.
However, the idea of a constructive vote of no confidence will probably not be used. So that PiS will have another few weeks to say goodbye to power.
The formation of the government may last even until mid-December.
Main photo source: Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Wyborcza.pl