– I’m interested. This conversation is on the table – said Deputy Speaker of the Senate Magdalena Biejat in TVN24’s “Fakty po Faktach” when asked whether she would be the Left’s candidate in the elections for the president of Warsaw. She announced that a decision on this matter will be announced at the beginning of next week.
One of the topics discussed in Thursday’s edition of “Fakty po Faktach” was the case of the Left’s candidate in the elections for the president of the capital. The host of the program, Piotr Kraśko, asked whether Magdalena Biejat could officially be called a candidate.
– This decision is still ahead of us. There is a meeting of the national council of the New Left on Saturday, and the national council of the Razem party also meets on the weekend. We will decide to run together in the local council elections and in many regions, Biejat replied. – We will decide together who will run for president or mayor of Warsaw. In Warsaw, we are working in a broader coalition, also with urban movements, added the senator.
She also admitted that she would like the Left’s candidate to be a woman. – I’m interested. This conversation is on the table, she said.
– I would like Warsaw to have a candidate who knows this city. For me, this is my city, I was born here. The city I live in is where I raise my children, she said.
Biejat also indicated that the final decision on who will run in the elections for the president of Warsaw on behalf of the Left will be announced at the beginning of next week.
Apartments – the biggest problem in Warsaw
Piotr Kraśko asked about the Left’s chances in Warsaw. Biejat said that her party has a great opportunity to give voters an alternative. – Give voters the opportunity to choose not whether to defend Warsaw against PiS or not, because there is no such threat today – she said.
Magdalena Biejat said that Warsaw needs to be “more open and equal.” – A huge problem in Warsaw is that we have not solved the housing problem. Warsaw is the largest, richest city in Poland. A city where many people come looking for a new life. And at the same time, it does not give people a chance to have a roof over their heads here, said the politician.
“The capital city is in the tail”
What’s his idea? – You have to use the programs that exist and – I hope – will continue to exist. It is our job in the government to ensure that these programs strengthening local governments and giving local governments the opportunity to build apartments for rent are not only for the worst-off people, but also for the middle class, Biejat replied.
– In my opinion, the Warsaw City Hall is not trying hard enough. The capital city is lagging behind when it comes to investment in apartments. Instead of building new apartments for rent in a good standard, the city preferred to sell plots to developers. The effect is that Warsaw is not only the most expensive city in Poland, but also one of the most expensive in Europe. This is absurd, said the deputy speaker of the Senate.
According to Biejat, another important issue to improve in Warsaw is education. – Whether someone lives in Praga Północ or Wilanów radically changes access to a good school – she said. In her opinion, many districts are currently losing money, and they should be invested in equally.
Razem and Miasto Jest Nasze join forces
The Left Razem party and the Miasto Jest Nasze association announced on Monday a joint start in the upcoming local government elections. The announcement was confirmed by a pact called “Dream about Warsaw”. During Monday’s conference, it was not announced who would run for president of the city. Unofficially, it is said that it may also be Jan Mencwel, one of the leaders of MJN.
The local elections will be held on April 7. The second round of elections for communes, mayors and city presidents is to be held two weeks later. At the moment, the only certain candidate who will run for the mayor of Warsaw is Rafał Trzaskowski.
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