Polish opposition tables confidence vote against controversial justice minister

Ziobro, the coalition conservative Solidarna Polska (SP) party leader, will have to rely upon the votes of the other coalition partner, the Law and Justice (PiS) party, to remain in office. Ziobro and Morawiecki have had political disagreements in the past. [EPA-EFE/Radek Pietruszka]

Polish opposition parties from the left, centre and moderate right have tabled a motion for a vote of no confidence against controversial Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro.

Donald Tusk, leader of Poland’s largest opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO), announced last week that he would table a motion of no confidence in Ziobro.

The opposition holds the politician responsible for the reforms of the Polish judiciary, which it says have led to a decline in the level of the Polish rule of law and the independence of the courts. This, in turn, means that Poland’s National Recovery Plan, which is necessary to receive money from the European Reconstruction Fund, has still not been approved by the European Commission.

Ziobro, the coalition conservative Solidarna Polska (SP) party leader, will have to rely upon the votes of the other coalition partner, the Law and Justice (PiS) party, to remain in office. Ziobro and Morawiecki have had political disagreements in the past.

The two coalition parties disagreed over the Supreme Court reforms supported by PiS, and it was even reported that this could lead to early elections. However, on Wednesday evening (11 May), Polish media reported a breakthrough, as the coalition parties are now set to table new joint amendments to reform the Supreme Court and vote on them quickly.

Asked about his position on the justice minister, Morawiecki said: “I always defend the ministers of my government”.

Meanwhile, Ziobro announced a possible agreement between Solidarna Polska and PiS on the Supreme Court.

On the opposition’s side, Borys Budka, leader of the parliamentary club of the opposition centrist Civic Coalition, which includes the Civic Platform, said of Ziobro that “there is no greater pest today.”

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