Reports that Finance Minister and Deputy PM Jacek Rostowski will soon be dismissed have persistently reappeared in Polish media in recent weeks. Reuters reported that it had three sources which said that Mr Rostowski would be dismissed, while Newsweek reported that he had handed in his resignation. All of these reports were dismissed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk as mere rumor and speculation.
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“I did not talk with Mr Rostowski about his dismissal. If I had held such a discussion with him, he wouldn’t be the minister anymore,” Mr Tusk added.
But the speculation did not end there. Last week Puls Biznesu reported, citing sources within the ruling Civic Platform party, that Mr Rostowski wants to finish some of his projects and then leave his post in the spring at the latest.
“He would like to complete this year’s budget amendment, as well as next year’s budget proposal, then finalize the pension system reform and introduce a new budget spending rule,” the daily quoted one of its sources as saying.
This could mean that Mr Rostowski will be spared in the upcoming government reshuffle, which according to Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechociński, leader of the junior coalition partner the Polish People’s Party, will take place in November.
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