PM announces Ministerial resignations over Waitergate
Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz has announced a number of resignations including three Ministers and three Deputy Ministers along with the Speaker of the Sejm Radoslaw Sikorski have resigned their positions.
The resignations came as a result of revelations coming out of the wiretapping scandal known as ‘Waitergate’ which broke last year. The people concerned were taped talking to other senior officials in restaurants across Warsaw and some of the language was less than diplomatic.
The announcement on the Prime Minister’s website stated that the following Ministers had resigned:
“Resignations from office were submitted by:
Andrzej Biernat – Minister of Sport and Tourism,
Włodzimierz Karpiński – Minister of Treasury,
Bartosz Arłukowicz – Minister of Health,
Jan Vincent Rostowski – chief political adviser to head of government,
Thomas Tomczykiewicz – Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economy,
Stanislaw Gawłowski – Secretary of State in the Ministry of the Environment,
Rafał Baniak – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Treasury.
Today, after talks I can say with satisfaction that those who are victims of these illegal wiretaps showed a special responsibility to the state, not attachment to their positions – said Ewa Kopacz during a press conference in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.”