PiS fails to oust Tusk’s government as no-confidence motion fails
March 11, 2013
Donald Tusk and Depty PM Janusz Piechocinski
Poland's largest opposition, conservative Law & Justice (PiS) party failed to oust PM Donald Tusk and his government as its motion for constructive no-confidence failed in the Sejm, lower house of parliament, with 236 MPs voting against and 137 MPs supporting the motion.
414 MPs participated in the voting, out of which 41 abstained. MPs of the liberal Palikot Movement did not take part in the vote.
The no-confidence vote requires a 231 MP majority in the 460 MP lower chamber.
PiS justified its motion with claims that the further functioning of the incumbent incumbent Cabinet of PM Tusk, is harmful for Poland.
During a Thursday debate on the motion PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski accused the Civic Platform-Polish Peasant Party (PO-)SL) coalition government of breaking the Constitution, undermining democracy, inefficient struggle against unemployment, pushing the public health service into a crisis and wrong foreign and security policies.
“Very bad governments have to be dismissed,” Kaczynski told lawmakers in parliament. “The situation in Poland today is very difficult.”
With its motion PiS also sought to replace the Tusk administration with a group of experts headed by a little known Sociology Professor Piotr Glinski.
During the debate Kaczynski used his iPad to present a pre-recorded policy speech by Glinski. This unprecedented [in the Polish parliament] move was aimed at circumventing a legal restriction that barred his candidate for PM from addressing parliament, as he is neither an MP nor a member of the government as well as at showing Glinski's leadership potential.
Because Glinski represented the authors of the motion, this trick couldn’t be stopped or interrupted. And thus Glinski continued to speak for more than an hour.
As other parties in the house have pledged to vote against Glinski anyway the move was rather symbolic. Glinski’s real mission was to present PiS agenda and criticism of the ruling coalition, which holds a majority in the Sejm.
Kaczynski wants to “destabilize the political situation in Poland,” Tusk, told MPs commenting the stunt.