Polish PM: If confidence crisis is too deep, early elections may be only option

By bne IntelliNews June 20, 2014

We are experiencing quite a serious crisis. If the confidence crisis is too deep, than early elections may be the only option, PM Donald Tusk has admitted. Vice-premier and head of junior coalition party Polish Peasants' Party (PSL) Janusz Piechocinski earlier said that he was seriously checking the possibilities of holding early elections.

Over the weekend, Wprost published excerpts from the meeting held by governor of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) Marek Belka and internal affairs minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz in July, when they allegedly discussed ways in which NBP might financially support the state budget, on condition that the minister of finance is ousted and the NBP law allows the central bank to trade treasury securities on the secondary market. A few months later, a new minister of finance was appointed and this week, the government passed assumptions to the amendments to the NBP law.

Most recently, the Internal Security Agency (ABW) and prosecutors entered the premises of Wprost weekly's editorial demanding materials concerning the tapes. Tusk commented that prosecutors' office's actions were independent of the executive power, but added that he asked prosecutors whether all these actions were necessary.

Meanwhile, German press suggest that the option of holding early elections has also been proposed to the Premier by President Bronislaw Komorowski. Furthermore, these media suggest that the "tapes scandal" may expand further as Wprost could publish transcripts of more conversations of high-profile politicians, e.g. vice-premier Elzbieta Bienkowska and former government spokesman Pawel Gras and one of the richest private investors Jan Kulczyk with the head of the Supreme Auditing Chamber (NIK).

The term of office of the current parliament ends in 2015.


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