The liberal media outlet Gazeta Wyborcza is now pushing the idea that should the election fail to take place by Aug. 6, when the term of office of incumbent President Andrzej Duda ends, the constitution could be interpreted in such a way that the Speaker of the Senate Tomasz Grodzki would become head of state.
In essence, Poland’s opposition politicians want to prevent the upcoming election for president because they know they cannot win through democratic means.
We’ve now arrived at a situation where Poland’s so-called democrats, the ones who are constantly wailing about a perceived lack of democracy in Poland, now want to take power without an election.
It is the latest sign that by using every method at their disposal, the opposition appears to be setting in motion a plan where the speaker of the opposition-controlled Senate simply becomes head of state without a single ballot being cast.
Given polls that consistently show the opposition losing an election, it was always clear for them that another way must be found to regain the power they so desperately seek.
A few weeks back their plan was close to being realized when it looked as if the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) bloc might fall apart and another government might be formed.
The opposition then hoped to delay the presidential election until a time when one of its candidates might be able to win it. In the interim, such a government could have taken over public media and other institutions.