Polish opposition seeks no-confidence vote against government
March 20, 2017
PM Beata Szydlo
Poland’s largest opposition party, the pro-European Union Civic Platform (PO) will officially table a motion for a vote of no-confidence against the conservative government of PM Beata Szydlo early this week and selected the party leader Grzegorz Schetyna as the PM candidate, PO caucus head Slawomir Neumann said on Friday.
Neuman said that the right-wing government wants to “lead Poland out of the European Union” and recently “discredited Poland on the world stage."
Neuman was referring to the recent attempt by the government to oust Donald Tusk, a former Polish PM from PO, from his current post as European Council president. Poland was the only country that did not support Tusk’s bid for reelection and voted against him.
Neuman also said that the government of PM Szydlo has been demolishing Poland for the last 17 months.
Since taking power in November 2015, PiS has introduced several controversial reforms aimed limiting the powers of the top court and increasing state control over public media.
Liberal party Nowoczesna will likely support the motion, Nowoczesna spokesperson Katarzyna Lunauer told PAP Polish news agency. Another opposition party Polish People’s Party (PSL) also said they would back the motion of no confidence.
The no-confidence vote could be held not earlier than during the April 5 parliament session. However, the motion has no chance of succeeding, since the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) holds a majority of 234 seats out of 460.