Poland

PM Tusk and Cabinet will resign today


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Prime Minister Donald Tusk will hand in his and his Cabinet’s resignation today to President Bronislaw Komorowski.

The move comes after Tusk was made President of the European Council last week. The current president, Herman Van Rompuy, is standing down after having served his two terms in office (a term lasts two and a half years and is renewable once). The European Council comprises the heads of state or government of the European Union’s (EU) member states and is a strategic and crisis solving body.

President Komorowski is expected to receive Sejm Speaker and the ruling party Civic Platform’s (PO) candidate for new Prime Minister, Ewa Kopacz, on Thursday and ask her to form a new government. The junior coalition partner, the Polish People’s party (PSL), has also endorsed Ms. Kopacz.

If mandated by the President, Ewa Kopacz will have two weeks in which to form a new Cabinet.

Poland holds local elections on 16th November this year and a general election in October next year with a presidential election expected sometime in June or July 2015. In by-elections for three seats in the Senate last weekend the opposition Law and Justice Party (PiS) won all three seats. However, recent opinion polls put both the PO and PiS on around 30% each, a dramatic improvement for the ruling party which was lagging behind by around five percentage points a month ago.

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