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PSL nominates veteran deputy as new agriculture minister
July 27, 2012   
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Stanislaw Kalemba
The Polish People’s Party (PSL), the junior partner in Poland’s ruling coalition, has proposed a veteran politician with a reputation as a sharp critic of the government as the new agriculture minister.

The previous agriculture minister, Marek Sawicki, resigned last week following a scandal over alleged irregularities by officials linked to the Polish People’s Party.

PSL leaders meeting Thursday proposed that Stanislaw Kalemba, 65, a veteran parliamentarian but without experience in government, should take over the ministry.

Kalemba is regarded by some as an ally of PSL chief Waldemar Pawlak and is a lawmaker who has proved ready to criticize Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s ruling Civic Platform (PO) party.

Before Tusk agrees to appoint Kalemba, there is another potential sticking point: Kalemba's son is the head of a division of Poland's Agricultural Market Agency, Polish media reported.

Sawicki quit after the press published excerpts from a video recording that appeared to show Wladyslaw Lukasik, the former head of the Agricultural Market Agency, describing shady practices in the Agriculture Ministry and nepotism involving PSL officials.
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