Main opposition names Piotr Glinski as independent candidate for PM
October 2, 2012
Poland's main opposition party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) named independent sociology professor Piotr Glinski as the non-partisan candidate for Prime Minister, who will challenge Donald Tusk's government in a planned constructive vote of no confidence, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said at a Monday press conference in Warsaw.
In line with Poland's constitution, a motion for a constructive no-confidence vote requires presenting a candidate for the post of government head.
According to Kaczynski a non-parliamentary government would be best for Poland in its present situation. "No social problems are being tackled. Unemployment is on the rise, Poles are leaving their country and our public finances are in crisis", Kaczynski said of Tusk's government.
Earlier on Saturday, during PiS congress in Warsaw Kaczynski urged his followers to unite against the government policies.
Referring to the recent scandals, such as bankruptcy of Amber Gold Ponzi scheme company and the recordings that revealed corruption among the Polish People's Party (PSL) activists, the PiS leader said "enough is enough."
"We want democracy, we want to have citizens's rights. We want the government to introduce good laws, create jobs, eliminate fraud and defend Polish interests," Kaczynski said.
The candidate for Prime Minister named a number of priorities he would like to tackle as the head of Poland's government, including limiting red tape for entrepreneurs and innovative businesses, establishing a non-partisan civil service corps, enhancing the civil society, introducing a broad program of family support, a pro-development spending of EU funds as well as enhancing homeland security, Glinski told reporters.
As far as economic issues are concerned, Glinski spoke about the simplification and increasing the effectiveness of the tax system, introducing investment and social security breaks for enterprises and creating Polish-brand national champion enterprises. The candidate would also like to introduce a number of tax breaks for families in line with his proposed pro-family policy.
Glinski hopes the priorities he outlined should find support from Poland's broad political spectrum: "I will address all . . . parliamentary parties and many citizen organizations [seeking for support,]" Glinski said.
Poland's ruling party Civic Platform (PO) played down PiS's announcement according to comments from deputy head of PO caucus Malorzata Kidawa-Blonska and other PO politicians.
The PiS candidate also cannot count on support from PSL, PSL MP Eugeniusz Klopotek told PAP Polish news agency.
Left-wing opposition party Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) believes talks between leaders of parliamentary caucuses are needed before SLD could decide about its potential support for Glinski as a candidate for PM, SLD MP and former leader Grzegorz Napieralski said.