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PiS expellees to form party

22nd November 2010
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Former and current PiS politicians have announced that they intend to create their own political party

Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska has called for constructive political dialogue

Expelled Law and Justice (PiS) politicians Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska and Elżbieta Jakubiak have officially registered a new association and announced their intention to create a new center-right political party under the leadership of Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska.

The association is called “Polska Jest Najważniejsza” (“Poland is the most important”), using the slogan for PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński’s presidential campaign, which was run by Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska herself.

The new initiative includes MEP Marek Migalski and politicians who are still officially PiS members, such as former presidential spokesperson Michał Kamiński, former economy minister Paweł Poncyljusz and MEPs Paweł Kowal and Adam Bielan.

The politicians are all members of what was once widely described as PiS’s “liberal faction.”

Three spheres

At the announcement of the formation of their association, the politicians held a press conference presenting the three spheres they plan to focus on: Poland’s developmental strategy for the future, pro-family government policies and Poland’s geo-political place in the world.

Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska called for constructive dialogue between politicians, an end to the so-called “Polish-Polish war” between PiS and the ruling Civic Platform party, a proper development strategy for Poland and pro-family policies that would curtail the demographic problems Poland is set to face in the near future.

Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska also echoed economists who say Mr Tusk’s government needs to do something about the ever-increasing budget deficit and administrative bureaucracy, opining further that Poland should have a clear idea of what it wants its place in the world to be.

She criticized PM Tusk’s government for being “lazy” and continuously blaming others for its failures. Her words came on the same day that Mr Tusk marked the third anniversary of the start of his term as head of government.

Who’s to blame?

“They picked a good moment for their start because of the symbolism of the date, and I think the whole situation will have an impact on the results of the local elections,” said Sergiusz Trzeciak, a political consultant and lecturer at Collegium Civitas. “The question is how big of an impact it will be and who it will affect more – local politicians very loyal to PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński or those sympathetic to Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska.”

“Obviously Mr Kaczynski will blame a possible poor showing on Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska and her colleagues’ actions, while they will say it’s Mr Kaczyński’s fault and compare the result to the second round of the presidential polls, where he got 47 percent of the vote,” he added.

Analysts say it will be difficult for the initiative to get the 15 MPs it needs in parliament in order to form a parliamentary club and then eventually create a party.

“A lot will depend on the pragmatic calculations of many less well-known politicians,” said Mr Trzeciak. “Will they think it a better tactic to stick with PiS for next year’s parliamentary elections or will a potential poor showing by PiS in the local elections as well as an awareness that they don’t have strong positions in the party convince them it might be a better idea to join up with Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska?”

From Warsaw Business Journal by Remi Adekoya

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