Poland's right-wing parties join forces
July 21, 2014
Leaders of Solidarna Polska, PiS and Polska Razem: Zbigniew Ziobro, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Jaroslaw Gowin
The leader of conservative main opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski has signed an alliance with the leaders of two rival rightish splinter groups Solidarna Polska and Polska Razem – Zbigniew Ziobro and Jaros³aw Gowin having clearly overcome any program differences in negotiations for a reunification.
The politicians took part in a rally of right-wing parties 'Time for Change' organized by PiS in Warsaw on Saturday and aimed as next step towards build a great rightist coalition which would win against PM Donald Tusk's government.
“It is important to understand the situation in Poland, but it is also important to know how to change this situation,” Kaczynski said during a speech at the rally. “One thing is certain: change will come through unity,” he said. “This unity is a fact,” he added.
After these words he invited Ziobro and Gowin onto the stage saying: “We are together, we will change Poland together, we will win together”, Kaczynski said before signing a political deal with his hitherto rivals.
Gowin later told reporters that the alliance would include having a shared candidate in next year's presidential elections. Also, the three parties would have a shared electoral list for the forthcoming general election, which can be held no later than 2015.
Gowin, former MP of ruling Civic Platform (PO), had before conducted cooperation talks with PiS, however the talks failed.
Likewise, ex-PiS politician Ziobro’s earlier talks with Kaczynski did not bring any effects as the former reportedly set unacceptable conditions for the consolidation deal
Neither Gowin nor Ziobro attended last week’s congress of the Polish right wing, organized by PiS and regarded as the starting point of uniting the Polish rightist groupings.
However, last Wednesday, Kaczyñski told a press conference that he was not going to conduct the talks with Ziobro and Gowin “forever” and said that all the parties should forget about their particular interests as the right should be united.
More talks between PiS and Solidarna Polska and Polska Razem followed and members of both parties received an offer concerning their future roles in the party and on elections lists and in public administration.