Jarosław Kaczyński has resigned as Deputy Prime Minister of Poland

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland, Deputy Prime Minister, resignation, Russian-Ukrainian war;

2022-06-21 10:55:00

Originally planned earlier, it has waited until now due to the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian war.

Jarosław Kaczyński, who is now only scheduled to continue as chairman of the ruling coalition’s Law and Justice (PiS) party, has resigned as Polish deputy prime minister, the politician himself said in an interview on Tuesday morning. – I submitted my resignation to the Prime Minister, he accepted. As far as I know, the head of state also signed it, he told the PAP news agency. As he said, the post of Deputy Prime Minister will be replaced by Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of National Defense. This is a completely natural decision. There is a war, and he is defense minister, and there are great benefits to such a link in an emergency, he noted.

Kaczyński, who many say is the de facto leader in Poland, had already given up his resignation last October, saying he would leave early this year. He also linked his decision in Tuesday’s conversation to the need for more effective governance of the PiS ahead of the parliamentary elections next autumn. He confirmed that his departure had been postponed so far due to the war in Ukraine.

I wanted to work in government for four months less, but the war in Ukraine broke out, he said, adding that recent developments in the war also show that it is not known when it will end. “But you know exactly when the election will be made, so I had to decide, and I did.”

Jarosław Kaczyński became Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Ministries of Internal Security and Defense in October 2020, but has also held the post of party chairman since January 2003 without interruption. He also called his appointment as deputy prime minister temporary in his press releases and indicated that he would return to his “real occupation, i.e. party leadership” after completing certain tasks. In an interview on Tuesday, he assessed that he had succeeded in fulfilling his set plan, but of course he stated that the plan did not include the war in Ukraine.

Kaczyński had previously named the preparation of a law on defense spending and an increase in the size of the army as one of his priorities for the post of Deputy Prime Minister. The legislation was passed by the Polish parliament in March. “We want to arm ourselves so that any attack on our country is a completely unreasonable undertaking,” Kaczyński said on Tuesday. He also announced the appointment of a new minister to the government, Zbigniew Hoffmann, deputy head of the prime minister’s office. Hoffmann was also the secretary of the National Security and Defense Committee, which had previously chaired Kaczyński and took over the chairmanship of the body. The committee coordinates the activities of the Ministries of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs.

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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