PiS files constructive no-confidence motion in Tusk government
February 12, 2013
PiS deputy leader Beata Szydlo and PiS leader Jarosław Kaczynski
A constructive no-confidence motion against the Donald Tusk government was filed Monday to the Sejm lower house by Poland's main opposition party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS).
Earlier PiS said it wanted to table the motion around the 5th anniversary of the Tusk government. Tusk was appointed PM for the first time on November 16, 2007.
Pawel Gras, government’s spokesman played down the opposition move by saying “This was an idea thought up by PiS in an act of desperation many months ago, and they make a fuss about it every few weeks or so”.
PiS says the government is failing to deal with the country’s most important problems. "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.
"This motion is a chance both for PiS and the entire parliament to change an exceptionally bad and incompetent government so that changes that are now absolutely necessary can be carried out in Poland," Kaczynski said. According to Kaczynski a non-parliamentary government would be best for Poland in its present situation.
In October PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski PiS named an independent sociology professor Piotr Glinski (58) as the non-partisan candidate for Prime Minister. Gliński said he already had a list of potential candidates for ministry seats and that he will start consultations with parliamentary parties on the composition of his cabinet shortly.
Glinski had already 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.
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.
A constructive no-confidence motion has to be signed by at least 46 MPs. It can be voted no earlier than seven days after submission. The Sejm will hold its next sittings on Feb. 19-22 and March 7-8.
Sejm Speaker Ewa Kopacz said that the motion will not be considered until early March.
PiS must secure an absolute majority of 231 votes and the sympathy of the left-wing opposition and a rightist splinter party Solidary Poland which is sporting a PM candidate of its own.