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Polish Prime Minister Appeals for Focus on Key Issues Amid Confidence Vote Deadline

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Wojciech Zylm
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Polish Prime Minister Appeals for Focus on Key Issues Amid Confidence Vote Deadline

Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, newly sworn into office, made a plea to the Marshal of the Sejm, urging a focus on the most pressing issues for the Polish populace instead of creating a spectacle. Morawiecki pointed to bill proposals concerning energy prices, food, and credit holidays, which he believes are waiting for votes in the legislative freezer of the Sejm. In response, Michał Kołodziejczak, leader of Agrounia and a member of the Civic Coalition, pointed out the Prime Minister's past neglects.

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Deadline for Confidence Vote

Prime Minister Morawiecki has two weeks to secure a vote of confidence, but current indicators suggest that he might fail, paving the way for a new parliamentary majority to take over. The outgoing government from the Law and Justice Party (PiS) has not received an invitation from Morawiecki to join the new government, apart from the Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak.

New Government Formation

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In replacement, there are individuals previously unconnected with politics or from the second or third ranks of PiS. PiS has 194 votes in the Sejm but lacks a coalition partner to secure a majority. In contrast, the alliance of the Civic Coalition (KO), the Third Way—a coalition of the Polish People's Party (PSL) and the Poland 2050 party—and the New Left party has a majority with 248 votes and has expressed its intention to form a government under the leadership of former Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Key Bills in Legislative Stalemate

The PiS government has submitted bills to the Sejm concerning the extension of credit holidays, freezing of energy prices, and extension of zero VAT on food. These are the three critical issues that Morawiecki believes are in a legislative freeze. The Prime Minister has taken to social media more than once to address these matters and appeal for focus on the most important issues for the Polish people. Meanwhile, the Government Spokesperson, Piotr Muller, announced the work on several bill proposals in the coming weeks, including fixed pensions and additional holidays for families as part of the Decalogue of Polish Matters.

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