- Three weeks after the three-party opposition coalition won Poland’s parliamentary elections, President Andrzej Duda made the controversial decision to further delay the transfer of power.
- The head of state assigned former Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of the national conservative Law and Justice Party the task of forming the government.
- Duda said in Warsaw that he followed the good parliamentary tradition, according to which a representative of the strongest faction is entrusted with the task of forming a government.
Duda, who himself belongs to the Law and Justice Party camp, had previously set a date for the founding session of the new parliament to be held on November 13 – that is, about a month after the elections.
In the parliamentary elections on October 15, the liberal-conservative Citizens’ Coalition led by Donald Tusk won a clear majority of seats along with two other opposition parties, the conservative Third Way and the left-wing Luika coalition. The three parties are already working to reach a coalition agreement.
On the other hand, the former ruling party, the Law and Justice Party, became the strongest political force, but it lacked an absolute majority and had no coalition partner. This means that Morawiecki’s attempt to form a government is likely doomed to failure.
Opposition politicians expressed concern
In Poland, it is politically customary, but not a requirement, for the head of state to assign the task of forming a government to a representative of the party that has become the strongest political force. If his proposal to form a government does not obtain a majority in Parliament, then it is the turn of the other factions.
After the election, opposition politicians in Warsaw repeatedly expressed concerns that the president might delay change in order to allow PiS to remain in power for another month or two.
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