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Polish Sejm nominates Donald Tusk for the post of Prime Minister

WARSAW, December 11 – RIA Novosti. Poland’s Sejm (lower house of parliament) has nominated former European Council President Donald Tusk for the post of prime minister.

248 out of 460 MPs voted for Tusk’s candidacy, 201 opposed, no one abstained.

Immediately after the vote, Tusk said he would give an opening speech on Tuesday. “Tomorrow we will have the opportunity to discuss my opening statement,” he said.

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However, it remains unclear when Polish President Andrzej Duda will nominate the new prime minister. The Polish Constitution states that the president must be sworn in “without delay” on behalf of the prime minister appointed by the Sejm, but no specific time period is specified. Duda is also scheduled to visit Switzerland on Tuesday.

Earlier, Sejm deputies gave a vote of confidence in the government of Mateusz Morawiecki, whom the country’s President Andrzej Duda gave the task of forming the government after the autumn parliamentary elections.

This was because after the autumn parliamentary elections Jaroslaw Kiciński of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), which was in power in Poland until recently, failed to win half of the seats in the Sejm. In contrast, the different opposition parties together received more than 50% of parliamentary mandates and managed to sign a coalition agreement speaking as a united front.

Now Tusk needs to propose the government structure, in which, according to the constitutional norm, the president must be sworn in “without delay”. In practice, this is expected to happen on December 13 at the latest. Morawiecki will serve as head of government, so far the “technical” prime minister.

Once Tusk’s government is sworn in, it has two weeks to deliver an opening speech to parliament in accordance with the constitution, after which the Sejm will consider a vote of confidence in the new cabinet.

If the Sejm fails to determine the prime minister’s candidacy by a majority vote, or if the new prime minister subsequently receives a vote of no confidence from the Sejm, the initiative passes back to the president. He will entrust the formation of the government to a prime minister of his choice, who will also take the oath and apply to the Sejm for a vote of confidence.

If this prime minister also receives a vote of confidence, according to the constitution, the president will have to shorten the term of the parliament, which means holding new parliamentary elections.

Recently, the Polish opposition led by Tusk achieved serious success in the parliamentary elections. The current structure of the Polish Sejm differs from its predecessor in that Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice (PiS) party is no longer in the majority. As a result of the elections of October 15, Law and Justice received 194 seats in the Sejm, while the opposition Civil Coalition – 157, Third Way – 65, Left – 26. The coalition of nationalists and Eurosceptics received another 18 seats “Confederation”.

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