Agriculture Minister keeps his job after failed no-confidence vote
October 14, 2013
Poland's lower chamber Sejm voted down the no-confidence motion against Agriculture Minister Stanislaw Kalemba, which was submitted by the main opposition conservative Law and Justice (PiS) on Friday.
The motion failed 184 to 230 votes with 8 abstentions. 231 votes would have been needed to dismiss the minister.
PiS wanted to dismiss Kalemba due to alleged negligence in the area of EU Common Agricultural Policy negotiations as well as a bad situation on the agriculture markets.
PiS blames the minister for ineffectiveness in raising EU farmer subsidies to the level of the old EU countries, which in the party's opinion hampers Polish agriculture. Kalemba is also held responsible for the slump in the pork, grain and rape sales and disorder in agricultural institutions.
Ruling coalition PO-PSL has 232 votes in the lower chamber.