|Jarosław Gowin has officially left the ruling Civic Platform party|
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Former Justice Minister Jarsoław Gowin on Monday announced he is leaving the ruling Civic Platform (PO) party. He will become an independent member of parliament.
“I do not agree with the policies of Donald Tusk and Jacek Rostowski. Remaining in PO would go against my conscience,” Mr Gowin said at a press conference.
According to Mr Gowin, the government's recent appropriation of assets held by private pension funds (OFEs) was the proverbial “last straw,” as Mr Gowin believes that by transferring the OFE funds to state-controlled ZUS, “Mr Tusk wants to take money out of Poles' pockets.”
In late August Mr Gowin suspended his membership in the ruling party as a show of solidarity with his party colleague Jacek Żalek, whose membership was suspended following a controversial vote on budget amendment. Mr Żalek and Mr Gowin had both abstained from voting on the ruling party's proposal to suspend fiscal rules and thus allow for the public debt-to-GDP ratio to exceed a threshold of 50 percent.
His resignation puts the ruling coalition in a difficult spot. It now only has a one-vote majority in the Sejm, lower house of the Polish parliament.
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