WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president is sworn in Monday to form a government that is expected to last no more than 14 days,…
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president is sworn in Monday with a government expected to last no more than 14 days, a tactical move that allows the conservative Law and Justice party to cling to power a little longer — and to make more appointments to state bodies. .
After national elections in October, President Andrzej Duda must again swear in Mateusz Morawiecki, who has served as prime minister since late 2017. According to the Constitution, Morawiecki will have 14 days to try to build a coalition capable of achieving a majority of support in Parliament.
But this appears to be a lost cause, as Morawiecki has no coalition partners after his nationalist and conservative Law and Justice party lost its parliamentary majority and no other party wants to join his government.
Morawiecki says he is trying to find partners with whom to govern, but he himself estimates his chances at “10%, or even less”.
Critics of Morawiecki and Duda – who are politically aligned with law and justice – denounce the decision to appeal to a government with no apparent chance of gaining parliamentary support as a desperate act of political theater.
Some critics point out that the incumbent party is using this time to make more appointments, which will allow it to expand its influence over state bodies, even after giving up the reins of government. In recent days, he has appointed loyalists to head the state watchdog and financial supervisory authority.
After eight years in power, the Law and Justice party won the largest number of votes in the elections, but lost its parliamentary majority, obtaining only 194 seats out of the 460 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Sejm.
Power is now shifting – albeit slowly – to three pro-European Union parties that ran in separate ballots but have promised to work together. Together they obtained a parliamentary majority of 248 seats and are already directing the work of Parliament.
Their candidate for prime minister is Donald Tusk, who previously held the position from 2007 to 2014 before becoming one of the EU’s top leaders, president of the European Council, for five years.
He is set to become prime minister again after Morawiecki’s term ends on December 11.
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