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Gowin goes it alone, together

16th December 2013
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After leaving the ruling Civic Platform (PO) party earlier this year, former Justice Minister Jarosław Gowin has now established his own party

At a much-anticipated convention in early December, Jarosław Gowin announced the creation of a new party – Poland Together.

The move comes after months of traveling across Poland to gauge public opinion through his “Godzina dla Polski” (“An hour for Poland”) campaign. “Politics created without considering the people [it affects] is bad politics. We are here to change that,” Mr Gowin said at the convention. 

Jarosław Gowin announces the formation of the Poland Together party
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Mr Gowin is joined by former Law and Justice (PiS) politicians Przemysław Wipler, who set up the Republican Association, as well as Paweł Kowal, an MEP who left PiS to set up Poland Comes First, which will now be dissolved as a result.

Poland’s first black MP, John Godson, also joined Poland Together after falling out with PO’s social and fiscal policies and leaving the party this past summer. “I believe that this new initiative will bring ... some reinvigoration into the Polish political system,” Mr Godson told Polish Radio last week.

The party holds a socially conservative line while being economically liberal, with the aim of wooing voters from both PO and PiS in local elections in 2014 as well as the general elections the year after.

However, Poland Together only managed to poll six percent in a survey by Millward Brown at the beginning of last week. The figure would put the fledgling party in parliament – the threshold is five percent – but the question remains whether it will be able to maintain media and public interest until crucial elections in 2015.

I’m not satisfied with six percent,” Mr Godson told Polish Radio, adding that he is aiming for 20 percent by the time election fever hits Poland in 2015.

Mr Gowin left the ruling Civic Platform earlier this year after having lost the party’s leadership election to Prime Minister Donald Tusk. He received 20 percent of the vote in the internal election.

John Beauchamp

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