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Kaczyński draws a road map for upcoming elections

The ruling party leader reminded his MPs and the public that the current opposition’s term in office was littered with scandals and abuses of power, writes Marcin Wikło.

Many commentators have criticized Jarosław Kaczyński , the leader of the ruling PiS for referring to the past. But why not?

He reminded people of concrete examples of abuses of power because ever since his party took office it has been criticized in the harshest possible terms. The party was criticized for a coup against the constitution with the changes it made in Poland’s constitutional court. Yet who now remembers how the Civic Platform (PO) had broken the constitution to elect judges who were, in accordance with terms of office, to be elected by a new Parliament? And what about the nonsense of ‘Polexit’? 

Kaczyński by reminding his followers about the deeds of Donald Tusk was signaling where he expected the main competition to PiS to come from

The party caucus retreat was however much more than a diagnosis about the current political situation. It was in essence a road map for 2019 and 2020 and the upcoming elections. Jarosław Kaczyński by reminding his followers about the deeds of Donald Tusk was signaling where he expected the main competition to PiS to come from. 

The controversy around the Financial Supervisory Authority (KNF), where a top official is suspected of attempting to solicit a bribe from a Polish bank owner, has put the ruling party on the defensive. The retreat was to mobilize the troops and show that the party is capable of hitting back. 

The trouble is that with so many doubts in the minds of the MPs being augmented by commentators the strength of the message the leader put forward may be diminished. 

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