PM Tusk to resign next week: officials
September 5, 2014
Donald Tusk, who is preparing to head off to Brussels to take up a key EU post, will hand in his resignation as Polish prime minister at the end of next week, officials said Thursday.
President Bronislaw Komorowski's spokeswoman Joanna Trzaska-Wieczorek told reporters: "The president has reached an understanding with the prime minister that it will be the end of next week."
Government spokeswoman Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska said: "Prime Minister Donald Tusk will hand in his resignation next week. It's definite. Time is needed to form a new Cabinet, to present the new Cabinet to parliament, so it should be done as soon as possible."
Under the Polish constitution, when Tusk hands in his resignation as prime minister ahead of taking up his new post as European Council president, the government as a whole will have to resign. The president will then name a candidate for a new prime minister, who will have to secure a vote of confidence from parliament.
Tusk was chosen by EU leaders on Saturday as the next European Council president and will take over from the current holder of the post, Herman Van Rompuy, on Dec. 1.
Parliamentary Speaker Ewa Kopacz, a former health minister and a trusted ally of Tusk, is seen as the favorite to take over as prime minister.