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Kidawa-Blonska elected new Parliamentary Speaker
   
Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska
Poland's lower house of Parliament Sejm elected ruling party Civic Platform’s (PO) candidate Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska for Sejm speaker with 244 votes in support in the 460-seat chamber.

Kidawa-Blonska, up to now spokesperson for the Ewa Kopacz government and long-time MP, was backed by 244 MPs in the 460-seat chamber (441 MPs were present during the vote)

Kidawa-Blonska, to date, the government spokesperson and a long-time MP, will replace on the post Radoslaw Sikorski, who resigned in relation to an ongoing wire-tapping scandal.

Rival candidate Jerzy Wenderlich from left-wing party Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) received 43 votes.

Meanwhile, Wenderlich used his short tenure as senior Sejm speaker (following the resignation of Sikorski) and put a number of opposition legislative proposals on the Sejm's daily agenda. The move will allow SLD to show it cares for its left-wing electorate and at the same time will put the governing coalition in an uncomfortable position after they reject the socially-oriented legislation. The bills include an SLD project to allow for retirement after 40 years of work for men and 35 years of work for women, regardless of age, as well as the bill on limiting the right to purchase land by foreigners, authored by junior coalition partner agrarian Polish People’s Pasrty (PSL).