Coalition parties to meet ahead of no confidence votes
PR dla Zagranicy
Ahead of a crucial no confidence vote in the government this week, a spokeswoman for the ruling Civic Platform says that the coalition is “stable” following the 'tape affair' scandal.
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“Voting in parliament this week will show that the coalition is stable,” Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska has said before talks between Prime Minister Donald Tusk and leaders of the Polish Peasants Party (PSL) on Monday evening.
The coalition has been rocked by illegally recorded conversations between Civic Platform politicians, business people and top officials, which has led to calls from opposition parties for the government to resign, one year ahead of scheduled elections.
A leading PSL politician has called for the resignation of interior minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz – caught on tape apparently trying to make a deal with Poland's central bank governor for held ahead of next year's general election – in return for support in no confidence votes on Wednesday in the lower house of parliament, though this is not the official stand of his party.
MP Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska has said, however, that politicians jobs in the cabinet should not be at the mercy of “political blackmail” and it is not thought that PM Tusk wants to make changes to ministerial positions until after the summer vacation period. (pg)
Tape Affair scandal