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Tusk Dismisses Polish Opposition's Confidence Motion

March 07, 2013

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said a confidence motion brought against his government today by the largest opposition party was a “masquerade” designed to destabilize the European Union’s largest eastern economy.

Tusk’s five-year-old Cabinet has failed to provide adequate health care, “dismantled” the eduction system and allowed for unemployment to soar, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Law and Justice party, said in parliament in Warsaw after presenting a largely symbolic motion to topple Tusk, due to be voted on tomorrow. Law and Justice and allied parties have 155 seats in 460-member lower house, lacking the majority needed to unseat the government.

Tusk’s ruling Civic Platform and Law and Justice are running neck-and-neck in recent opinion polls as Poland seeks to avert its steepest economic slowdown in 12 years amid a slump in the euro area, its biggest trading partner. Poland was the only European Union country to avoid a recession in 2009.

Kaczynski introduced the confidence motion by playing a speech by Piotr Glinski, his party’s candidate for premier, on an Apple Inc. iPad to lawmakers. A sociology professor, Glinski was barred from addressing parliament as he isn’t a member of the assembly.

“Very bad governments have to be dismissed,” Kaczynski told lawmakers in parliament. “The situation in Poland today is very difficult.”

Kaczynski wants to “destabilize the political situation in Poland,” Tusk, who two years ago became the first premier in post-communist Poland to win re-election, told lawmakers.

Civic Platform led Law and Justice 32 percent to 31 percent in a MillwardBrown SMG/KRC telephone poll for TVN24 news channel, carried out on March 5 among 1009 eligible voters. No margin of error was given, according to broadcaster’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Piotr Skolimowski in Warsaw at pskolimowski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net


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