Polish opposition nominates Tusk for prime minister
Four opposition parties in Poland - the Civic Coalition, PSL, Poland 2050 and New Left - have announced that Donald Tusk will be their joint candidate for the position of prime minister
Ukrinform reported the information.
During a briefing in the Polish parliament, the leaders of four opposition parties—the Civic Coalition, PSL, Poland 2050, and New Left—urged President Andrzej Duda not to delay in appointing Donald Tusk to lead the formation of a new government.
"Today, together with the leaders of the democratic parties, we confirmed our readiness to fully cooperate and form a new majority in the future parliament," Tusk said.
Tusk thanked his opposition colleagues for supporting his candidacy as the leader of the largest opposition force. He said that he was optimistic and looked forward to fruitful cooperation with the president and prompt decisions that all Poles expect.
Other opposition leaders reiterated their support for Donald Tusk as their unanimous choice for the position of prime minister. PSL leader Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz stated that they would reaffirm their decision on Tusk's candidacy during upcoming meetings with President Duda, saying, "We will assure the president that we have the majority to elect the prime minister, appoint the Sejm and Senate marshals."
Poland 2050 leader Szymon Hołownia also called on Duda to waste no time and immediately instruct Tusk to form a government. And Włodzimierz Czarzasty, leader of the New Left, stressed that there is a majority in parliament, so Duda has no right to delay the process of forming a new government.
Elections in Poland: details
On October 15th, the parliamentary elections in Poland saw the highest voter turnout since the collapse of communism.
After counting all the ballots in the Polish parliamentary elections, the Law and Justice party took the lead. It received 35.38% of the vote. It is followed by the opposition Civic Platform bloc with 30.70%, then by Third Way (14.40%), Left (8.61%) and the far-right anti-Ukrainian Confederation (7.16%). This means that the Civic Platform, Third Way and Left have the opportunity to form a new cabinet.
The Third Way bloc, which came third, said it ruled out forming a coalition with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.
According to the latest data, the turnout in the elections was 74%, the highest since the fall of communism in the country.
On 19 October, Poland's largest opposition political party, the Civic Platform, nominated former European Council President Donald Tusk for prime minister.