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Polish PM wins vote of confidence in parliament

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Paweł Kononczuk 12.12.2018 18:22
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday gained a parliamentary vote of confidence in his conservative government.
PM Mateusz Morawiecki in parliament. Photo: PAP/Jakub KamińskiPM Mateusz Morawiecki in parliament. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński

Morawiecki, whose ruling conservative Law and Justice party and its allies have a comfortable majority in Poland's parliament, asked for the vote to confirm his Cabinet has a strong mandate to press ahead with reforms.

A total of 231 MPs voiced their confidence in Morawiecki’s government, while 181 voted against and two abstained.

The ballot came ahead of this week’s summit of European Union leaders and before a debate scheduled for Friday on a motion submitted by the opposition for a "constructive vote of no-confidence" in Morawiecki’s government.

Ahead of Wednesday’s ballot, Morawiecki told parliament his Cabinet was effective, credible, pro-European and committed to inclusive growth.

Morawiecki added that Poland boasted fast economic growth, at 5.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018, or 5.7 percent according to seasonally adjusted data.

Under Polish law, the lower house of parliament passes a vote of confidence by a simple majority in the presence of at least half its members, public broadcaster Polish Radio's IAR news agency reported.

Failure to win a vote of confidence from the house would have forced Morawiecki to resign.


Source: IAR

tags: politics
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