A decalogue of Polish affairs, a vision of a non-party government and an encouragement for cooperation for MPs, including the opposition, – this is so far the only specific declaration from Prime Minister-designate Mateusz Morawiecki, who has no chance of winning a majority in the Sejm. It does not present the members of the new government that would be appointed by the president. As Robert Biedroń assures, Prime Minister Morawiecki did not call New Left politicians. He was also supposed not to call Third Way politicians.
Mateusz Morawiecki has until Monday, November 27. On this day at the latest – in accordance with the constitution – the president must appoint the prime minister and ministers. For now, there is no one on the horizon who would be offered a seat in Morawiecki’s new government. – I didn’t get it and I don’t know if I will get it at all. Because the Prime Minister is currently working on the formula of this new cabinet – informs Michał Dworczyk from PiS. The Prime Minister smiles broadly at the representatives of the current opposition. He announces a “decalogue of Polish affairs”, which is to contain the program demands of the new parliamentary majority. – The program proposals of Law and Justice are consistent with those of PSL, Poland 2050, Confederation, and even the Left – assures Morawiecki.
As Robert Biedroń assures, Prime Minister Morawiecki did not call New Left politicians. He was also supposed not to call Third Way politicians. Even though in a recent interview for “Fakt” he imagined a coalition of Law and Justice with Confederation and the Third Way. – The only passions that Prime Minister Morawiecki shows are those of the media and that is where it really ends – says Paulina Hennig-Kloska from Poland 2050.
The Prime Minister’s charms – even those in the media – have their limits. Mateusz Morawiecki did not mention anything about the Civic Coalition’s demands, which could be included in the decalogue being created. – This is an idea not to create a government, but to prolong the agony of PiS – says Grzegorz Schetyna, PO senator.
– As a political community, we are obliged by over 7.5 million Poles who voted for Law and Justice in October to try to form a government – explains Michał Dworczyk. Law and Justice, although as a single party won the most votes, lost its majority in the Sejm. The election of Szymon Hołownia as Speaker of the Sejm confirmed that the Civic Coalition, Third Way and the Left had the majority. At the moment, only Donald Tusk’s government would have a chance to obtain a vote of confidence. – It is normal in politics, just like in sports, that you have to take up various challenges. Even if the chances of success are not very high – emphasizes Dworczyk. – I don’t know why Mr. Morawiecki allows himself to be humiliated by his political environment. Probably just to gain time to clean the desks, they took out the rest of the money – argues Marek Sawicki from PSL.
If the president appoints Morawiecki’s new government, the prime minister will have 14 days to deliver an expose and obtain a vote of confidence. At most, everything can drag on until December 11th. Only after this date will the Sejm be able to appoint the Prime Minister and the new government. The constitution provides for another 14 days for this, but there are many indications that it will happen very quickly. There is a summit of the European Council on November 14 and the new coalition wants Poland to be represented by Donald Tusk as prime minister. – It would be good, because there is really a lot to do. A lot of backlogs. Especially when it comes to this Warsaw-Brussels line. For example, European funds – admits Paulina Hennig-Kloska.
At a meeting at the Presidential Palace, the new Speaker of the Sejm was to hear that the president would meet all constitutional deadlines when appointing a new government. – He told me clearly, there will be no delay, there will be no delay, all deadlines will be met. Only a random and protocol situation can happen – says Szymon Hołownia, Speaker of the Sejm from Poland 2050, Third Way.
Donald Tusk is about to be ready to take power. – After talks with the leaders of the coalition parties, Prime Minister Donald Tusk actually has a completed cabinet – assures Marcin Kierwiński from PO. Only the details remained to be determined. The coalition leaders have not officially announced who will sit in the new government yet. – There will be a vast majority of women in the left-wing team when it comes to ministerial positions – reveals Robert Biedroń. The coalition agreement states that the New Left and the Third Way will have their own deputy prime ministers. They will be Krzysztof Gawkowski and Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.
Main photo source: PAP/Andrzej Lange