Mateusz Morawiecki will present a government to Poland's president today, which is likely to survive until mid-December. Opposition parties have dubbed it a "farce" aimed at delaying their takeover of power after winning elections in October, Reuters reported.
The nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, which has been in power since 2015, took the top spot in the election but failed to secure the 231 seats needed for a majority and appeared unlikely to win a confidence vote in parliament.
A broad alliance of pro-European Union parties secured 248 seats and said it was ready to form a government, but President Andrzej Duda, a PiS ally, gave Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki a mandate to try to form a government.
Prominent PiS politicians Mariusz Blaszczak and Jacek Saszyn said they would not be part of the new government, which is why opposition politicians and commentators said that if the party's blades did not want to join, it was doomed to failure.
Polish opposition parties reject Morawiecki's efforts to form new coalition government
However, in an interview published today, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński said the suggestion that prominent party figures did not want to participate was an "outright lie" and that forming a government of experts, not politicians, was his idea. "The point is that there should not be too many politicians in this government," he told the PAP news agency. "We want to show that it is possible to govern it differently."
Opposition parties accuse the government of procrastination tactics to cover up evidence of wrongdoing during their rule.
"We all know it's a big comedy and farce," Marcin Kierwinski, a lawmaker from the liberal Civic Coalition (GC), told private radio Zet. "It's a fight to buy time."
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