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Dorn Expelled From PiS
October 29, 2008   
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Ludwik Dorn, one of the founders of Law and Justice (PiS), has been expelled from the party. Dorn was formerly deputy chairman of PiS and speaker of the lower house of Poland's parliament. The decision was made by the party authorities Oct. 22 at the request of PiS chairman Jarosław Kaczyński, who accused Dorn of disloyalty. Thirty-four members of the party's Main Board voted to expel Dorn, two abstained, and one was against.

Joachim Brudziński, head of the Main Board, said Dorn was mainly criticized for his recent interviews in the media in which he repudiated PiS leaders, including Kaczyński.

Dorn, whom the media used to call the "third twin"-beside the twin brothers Jarosław and Lech Kaczyński-was suspended as a PiS member Nov. 16 last year. Two other party deputy chairmen, Paweł Zalewski and Kazimierz Ujazdowski, were suspended together with Dorn. Earlier, the three politicians had sent a letter to Jarosław Kaczyński insisting that the PiS leadership model should be changed. As the letter remained unanswered, Dorn, Zalewski and Ujazdowski quit their posts as party deputy chairmen. In December, Ujazdowski and Zalewski left the party.

Mariusz Kamiński, spokesman for the PiS parliamentary group, said Dorn's membership in the group expired automatically upon his expulsion from the party. Dorn said he would remain a "party member in exile," as he put it. He added he was not going to form a new party, join another party or become a member of any parliamentary group as he wanted to be an independent deputy.

Dorn said PiS was headed in the wrong direction and was turning into an authoritarian party, totally subordinated to Kaczyński, who he said surrounded himself with mediocre politicians eager to support him uncritically. Dorn voiced hope that the party would soon reform itself. He said he was ready to take an active part in this process.
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