A reshuffle of Poland’s government will take place at the end of September or the start of October, its spokesman has said, following a deal to end a crisis in the country’s ruling coalition.
Government spokesman Piotr Müller added that top officials in Law and Justice, the biggest party in the ruling coalition, would meet on Monday evening to discuss the upcoming changes.
A deal between three conservative groupings that together form the government was signed on Saturday following talks to resolve a crisis that threatened to tear the ruling coalition apart and triggered warnings that Poland faced the prospect of a minority government or early elections.
“I am very happy that our full unity, stability, which is so badly needed today, has been confirmed,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after the agreement was inked at the weekend.
Tensions between the three ruling parties spilled over after the junior partners in the coalition earlier this month refused to support an animal rights bill strongly backed by Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jarosław Kaczyński.
State news agency PAP cited what it described as “unofficial” sources as saying that the coalition parties had agreed after talks to cut the number of government ministries from 20 to 14 and to merge some departments.
The two junior coalition partners, the strongly conservative Solidarna Polska party and the Porozumienie (Agreement) grouping, are to receive one ministerial portfolio each, PAP reported, adding that currently the two parties each have two ministries.
The United Right coalition, headed by Law and Justice, has governed Poland since winning a landslide in a 2015 parliamentary election. It secured a second term in power in a parliamentary ballot last October.
Ryszard Terlecki, a senior lawmaker with Law and Justice, has previously said that party leader Kaczyński is set to join the government as a deputy prime minister.
Kaczyński, who is not the premier despite leading the biggest party in government, is expected to take on a new role as the head of a committee overseeing the key justice, defence and interior ministries, a PiS politician told the PAP news agency.
(28. 9. 2020 via thenews.pl)