Who will lead Poland? Tusk’s plan for coalition top jobs revealed

Poland's main opposition leader Donald Tusk arrives to address supporters during an election rally in Pruszkow, Poland, Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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The first proposals for the distribution of roles in Poland’s new liberal coalition have been revealed by the Newsweek Polska magazine.

The plans put forward by Donald Tusk, who would lead the largest party in the coalition, appear to focus on a more centralized government with only one deputy prime minister and the roles of the Sejm and Senate speakers being allocated to coalition parties.

A source from the Civic Platform (PO) party suggests this new setup aims to enhance the coalition’s relationship beyond and above the government, ensuring its functionality and positioning vital coalition members in the state’s highest roles.

If the reports hold, Szymon Hołownia — leader of the centrist Poland 2050 party that contested the election in tandem with Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz‘s Polish People’s Party (PSL) — might take the role of speaker of the Sejm, while the latter could serve as deputy prime minister and economy minister.

He is reportedly on good terms with Tusk and brings significant governmental experience to the table. The Left may be represented in the Senate with Magdalena Biejat being considered for the position of Senate speaker, according to Newsweek.

A recent survey by SW Research for the Rzeczpospolita newspaper has shed light on the popular choices for the role of prime minister.

Donald Tusk emerged as a front-runner with 27.4 percent of respondents favoring him. Warsaw’s mayor, Rafał Trzaskowski, secured 14.3 percent, and both Szymon Hołownia and Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz came third with around 10 percent apiece.

Other politicians had smaller percentages, with a significant 25.7 percent of respondents being undecided.

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