Jacek Żalek a member of the conservative wing of Civic Platform (PO), announced today that he is leaving his party and will become an independent MP. “I can't fight for the postulates I've promised to my constituents,” Mr Żalek said at the press conference announcing his decision.
“I can't say I'm surprised, he didn't fit into Civic Platform at all, it was just a matter of time,” said Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, a prominent PO MP. “Since we very often couldn't count on his vote, at least now we know where we stand,” she added.
Mr Żalek follows his two colleagues, who also left Civic Platform in recent weeks, Jarosław Gowin and John Godson. All three 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.
Mr Żalek said that there are others in Civic Platform who have said to him that they're mulling leaving the party as well, but didn't want to name any names or even say how many MPs have such opinions.
It still not known if they have any political plans for the future. Media speculate that Mr Gowin will create a new political entity called Republikanie (The Republicans), and both Mr Żalek and Mr Godson will join him, as well as Przemysław Wipler, Paweł Kowal and a few others right-wing politicians who have left Law and Justice during the last few years.
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