Jarosław Gowin and Jacek Żalek, members of parliament from the ruling Civic Platform party, were punished for having broken party discipline several times in parliamentary voting. The party leadership has decided that Mr Gowin will have to pay a fine of zł.1,000. Mr Żalek will be suspended for three months.
Rafał Grupiński, head of Civic Platform's parliamentary caucus, explained that all votes from the beginning of this parliamentary term were taken into account. Mr Żalek breached discipline many more times than Mr Gowin, which is why his punishment is more severe.
In reaction to the announcement, Jarosław Gowin said that he would suspend his membership in the party for three months “in a gesture of solidarity with Jacek Żalek.” He said that he does not understand the disproportion in penalties.
After Mr Żalek and Mr Gowin's suspensions, the ruling Civic Platform now has 231 MPs in its parliamentary caucus, which is only one vote over 50 percent of the total number of votes in the Sejm, Poland's lower house of parliament.
Possible penalties for the MPs were first mentioned after they abstained from voting on an amendment to Poland's public finances law, which was necessary to amend the state budget. John Godson, who also abstained then, left Civic Platform last week.
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