Polish coalition de facto dissolved as ministers sacked

Poland's turbulent right-wing populist coalition government was de facto dissolved Monday as Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski recalled ministers from two junior coalition parties.

 Polish coalition de facto dissolved as ministers sacked
Poland's turbulent right-wing populist coalition government was de facto dissolved Monday as Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski recalled ministers from two junior coalition parties.

The move gives credence to a weekend comment by Kaczynski that he expects an early general election on October 21.

Leader of the League of Polish Families (LPR) Roman Gerty was removed from the post of deputy prime minister and education minister and replaced by Ryszard Legutko, a member of Kaczynski's Law and Justice (PiS) party.

Several other ministers from the LPR and another former coalition partner, the populist Samoobrona farmers' party, were also sacked Monday, in practise dissolving the rocky year-old tri-party coalition.

The move comes amid an escalation of crisis in the Kaczynski government following last month's axeing of former deputy premier and Samoobrona leader Andrzej Lepper on as yet unproven allegations of corruption.

Heavy turbulence has been compounded by a series of high-profile sackings in key state institutions including the interior ministry, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBS) and the national police.

Following talks with President Lech Kaczynski - the prime minister's twin brother - last week, the leader of the opposition, Civic Platform (PO) liberal Donald Tusk, said that Poles would face an early general election in October.

Recent opinion polls show the PO is poised to win the election, but will not score the majority it needs to rule alone. Poland is therefore destined to have either a minority government or yet another wobbly coalition, analysts say.

Prime Minister Kaczynski has hinted he may tender his government's resignation in order to facilitate a fresh election, should parliament fail to approve a vote of no confidence at a sitting scheduled for next week.

DPA
Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2007, 14:36
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