Ruling coalition majority strengthens as four new members join PSL
December 12, 2013
PSL spokesman Krzysztof Kosinski, Artur Bramora, Jan Bury, Bartlomiej Bodio, Halina Szymiec-Raczyńska and Dariusz Dziadzio
Parliamentary caucus of junior coalition Polish People’s Party (PSL) expanded by four MPs from the "Dialogue Initiative" parliamentary grouping, head of PSL's caucus Jan Bury said.
Halina Szymiec-Raczynska, Bartlomiej Bodio, Dariusz Dziadzio and Artur Bramora, who left the liberal Your Movement party led by Janusz Palikot in June, joined PSL on Wednesday.
The transfer strengthens the ruling coalition, especially ahead of the vote on 2014 budget, Bury added. The move increased the headcount of PSL's caucus to 33 members. This means that the Civic Platform (PO)/PSL government can now count on a majority of six MPs in the 460-strong lower house of parliament.
The increased majority is "important for Friday's vote on the 2014 budget," said Jan Bury, who leads PSL in parliament.
The government majority fell to a single seat earlier this year with the departure of three MPs from PO, including former justice minister Jaroslaw Gowin.