Controversial Polish minister could face no-confidence vote

Ziobro, Poland’s justice minister and prosecutor general, is a controversial figure in Poland. According to the opposition, he is responsible for Poland facing problems related to the rule of law and the independence of courts – issues Poland has faced since the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party took power in 2015. [EPA-EFE/Pawel Supernak]

Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro should face a vote of no confidence in parliament according to the Civic Platform (PO), the largest opposition party, backed by the agrarian Polish People’s Party (PSL).

Ziobro, Poland’s justice minister and prosecutor general, is a controversial figure in Poland. According to the opposition, he is responsible for Poland facing problems related to the rule of law and the independence of courts – issues Poland has faced since the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party took power in 2015.

Ziobro is also considered one of the more radically conservative figures in the Polish government. He is the chairman of the Solidarity Poland (SP) party, which has recently called for, among other things, stricter laws on offending religious feelings.

Due to the situation of the rule of law in Poland, the European Commission has still not accepted the country’s national recovery and resilience plan. Poland is one of the last EU member states that has not yet received post-pandemic financial support, estimated at around 700 billion zlotys (€150 billion). According to the opposition, Ziobro is also why the European Commission has not accepted the Polish plan.

The motion of no confidence against Ziobro will tabled before the next session of the lower house of the Polish parliament, Donald Tusk, chairman of the Civic Platform, announced.

The Polish People’s Party, also a member of the parliamentary opposition, said it would support the motion. The group’s leader, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, has expressed his readiness to support a vote of no confidence in Ziobro but remained sceptical about its success.

“We will support the Civic Platform’s proposal, although it will probably only have a symbolic dimension and may also have the effect of further cementing the authorities together,” he said.

According to Kosiniak-Kamysz, politicians like Ziobro “should be removed from power as soon as possible.” The PSL party currently has 24 members in the 460-member lower house of the Polish parliament.

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