The coalition led by Law and Justice (PiS) officially lost its majority in the Polish House of Representatives after three members of the faction left. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed hope that the government camp would continue to be supported in Parliament.
The three outgoing politicians do not join the existing opposition factions, but form their own group. Their decision at their press conference on Friday was based on opposition to the government’s program for state development, introduced in May, called the Polish Agreement, which they say will harm young Polish entrepreneurs. It was announced that they are not preparing for the role of the “full” opposition, and will provide a meaningful assessment of the projects on the agenda of the House of Representatives.
After the three deputies depart, PiS will have 229 deputies in the 460-seat House of Representatives. For now, the loss of the majority can be seen as official rather than real due to the “incomplete opposition” of outgoing members of Parliament, as well as the PiS agreement in mid-June on mutual parliamentary support for some program points with a smaller opposition group, Kukiz’15 . The party, led by rockstar presidential candidate Paul Cookies, has four members.
However, PiS’s future situation may be complicated by the fact that tensions can be felt between it and the two smaller parties in the ruling coalition, Poland Solidarity and Consensus. Regarding developments in the ruling coalition, Polish journalists on Friday briefed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Brussels at a press conference following the meeting of European Union heads of state and government. Morawiecki hoped to overcome the contradictions. “I look forward to further cooperation,” he declared.