Poland's government crisis continues

Poland's political crisis continued Friday as the leader of the populist farmers' party Samoobrona rejected Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's conditions for staying in the ruling coalition.

Poland's government crisis continues
Poland's political crisis continued Friday as the leader of the populist farmers' party Samoobrona rejected Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's conditions for staying in the ruling coalition.

The conditions that Kaczynski had imposed on his coalition partners as the basis for future government were unacceptable, Andrzej Lepper - who had agreed to keep his Samoobrona party in the coalition earlier in the week - told Polish radio.

Kaczynski's conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party currently rules in coalition with Samoobrona and the Catholic-nationalist League of Polish Families (LPR).

Kaczynski's conditions deprived the coalition partners of their identity and their own manifestoes, said Lepper, who was fired as deputy prime minister two weeks ago.

'We can say nothing; only the PiS is right, and we should listen and dutifully raise our hands,' Lepper said.

Lepper accused Kaczynski of not having the courage to sit down with his coalition partners and hammer out their differences.

'All the indications are that he is preparing to remove LPR and Samoobrona from the coalition,' Lepper said.

Without LPR and Samoobrona, Kaczynski does not have a majority in parliament. The prime minister has said many times that he does not want to head a minority government and has not ruled out early elections in November.

DPA

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