The Sejm will resume its sessions on Monday at 10 a.m. On that day, Mateusz Morawiecki’s government will probably be dismissed, and Donald Tusk will be elected by MPs as the new prime minister. Marshal Szymon Hołownia announced on Thursday evening – at the end of the session – that “there will certainly be no shortage of democratic emotions.”
Parliament on Thursday evening after 20:30 interrupted the meeting. – I order a break until December 11, 2023 at 10, when we will appoint one prime minister with a majority of 150 percent of votes, the next one with a majority of 248 votes, so there will certainly be no shortage of democratic emotions. Important days for Polish democracy, said the Speaker of the Sejm when announcing the break Szymon Hołownia.
Before announcing the break, the Sejm made a number of decisions – the parliament’s work was accompanied by heated debates.
Freezing energy prices
The MPs voted in favor of adopting the parliamentary bill on the protection of energy consumers – extending the maximum electricity prices for households at the level of PLN 412 per MWh net to the current level of consumption limit, reduced by 50%. Above the limit, the rate of PLN 693 per MWh is to be maintained as the maximum price.
Local governments and public utility entities are to pay the same maximum price. At the last stage of work, an amendment was introduced to the Act which covers the maximum price of electricity for small and medium-sized enterprises and farmers. Additionally, the MPs included this solution in the scope of municipal companies operating sports facilities, such as sports halls or swimming pools.
The bill will now go to the Senate. The Senate Economy Committee plans to consider the bill on Friday morning.
An investigative commission into envelope elections will be established
On Thursday, MPs voted in favor of adopting a parliamentary draft resolution on the establishment of an investigative committee to examine the legality, regularity and advisability of actions taken to prepare and carry out elections president in 2020 in the form of postal voting, i.e. envelope elections.
446 MPs voted in favor of establishing the commission, and no one voted against it. No one abstained. 14 MPs did not vote on this matter, including, among others Jaroslaw KaczynskiMariusz Kamiński, Zbigniew ZiobroMarcelina Zawisza or Krzysztof Tuduj.
The chairwoman of the pedophilia commission was elected
The MPs voted to elect Karolina Bućko, who was appointed a member of this body last week, as the chairwoman of the pedophilia commission. 244 MPs voted for her candidacy, 192 voted against her. Three MPs abstained.
The commission has been without a head since mid-April, when Błażej Kmieciak resigned from this position.
Amended regulations of the Sejm
Deputies adopted changes to the Rules of Procedure of the Sejm. Now a special device will be used to count votes when electing the Prime Minister. The Sejm elects the Prime Minister in the so-called the second constitutional step “on general principles”, i.e. voting will, as a rule, take place by a show of hands with the simultaneous use of a vote counting device.
The second change in the Rules of Procedure of the Sejm is intended to streamline the work of the Finance Committee on the state budget. According to the changes, if the relevant committee fails to present its position to the public finance committee within the specified deadline, this does not suspend further work of the public finance committee.
Election of the Prime Minister by the Sejm
On Monday, December 11, at 10 a.m., Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is scheduled to present the action program of the Council of Ministers with a request for a vote of confidence.
10-minute statements on behalf of the clubs and a 5-minute statement on behalf of the group were then planned. The vote on the vote of confidence is to take place at 3 p.m.
After the vote, there will be a break of one and a half hours, during which there will be time to submit candidates for the position of Prime Minister in the second constitutional step. The candidate for Prime Minister of KO, Poland 2050, PSL and the Left is Donald Tusk. At 4.30 p.m., MPs will choose the Prime Minister. Then there will be a debate, and at 20 – voting. The Sejm elects the Prime Minister in a roll-call vote.
On Tuesday, December 12, at 9 a.m., the new Prime Minister will present the program of activities and the composition of the government along with a proposal to elect the Council of Ministers. According to the schedule, the vote will take place at 15. The Sejm elects the Prime Minister and the members of the Council of Ministers proposed by him by an absolute majority of votes in the presence of at least half of the statutory number of Deputies.
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