PiS motions for constructive vote of no confidence against government
June 27, 2014
Main opposition PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski
Poland's largest opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) filed a motion for a constructive vote of no confidence against the incumbent government, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Thursday, just a day after the government secured a vote of confidence from the lower parliamentary house.
The coalition government of Civic Platform (PO) and Polish People’s Republic (PSL) secured a vote of confidence only Wednesday night. Of 440 MPs present, 237 voted for and 203 voted against. No one abstained from voting.
By securing the vote of confidence, Tusk tried to move one step ahead of the opposition, which had previously signaled it would seek a constructive vote of no-confidence against the cabinet and has now decided to deliver on its declarations.
PiS proposed appointment of a technical cabinet headed by Prof. Piotr Glinski, Kaczynski said.
Early indications suggested little to no chance of cooperation with the next largest opposition party, the leftist SLD.
At issue is Poland's wire-tapping scandal which has dominated the political discourse over nearly a fortnight. Illegal recordings, obtained and published by Wprost weekly magazine, include conversations between Poland's top government & non-government officials and businesspeople.
In the most controversial recording so far released, central bank president Marek Belka and Internal Affairs Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz discussed potential terms for the central bank help the government finance the budget if the economy didn't appear on track to pick up in time to keep opposition party PiS from an election victory.
Additionally PiS intends to notify the prosecutor's office about a crime committed by PM Donald Tusk in relation to the scandal centered at the shadow banking institution Amber Gold back in 2012, Kaczynski said.
"From the tapes it results that PM Tusk knew about the Amber Gold scandal and failed to notify the prosecutor's office and the society about this," Kaczynski said.
The opposition can replace the current government in a constructive vote of no-confidence on an absolute majority.
Should the cabinet resign, the lower house has up to 70 days to run three attempts to install a new cabinet and grant it a vote of confidence.