Andrzej Duda accepts government resignation

On Tuesday, at the first sitting of the Polish parliament’s Lower House since the elections, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki submitted the government’s resignation, which was later accepted by President Andrzej Duda.

The outgoing government will continue to perform its duties until the new cabinet is appointed.

President Andrzej Duda expressed his hope that the next government will continue the previous cabinet’s policies.

“The programme that has been pursued for the past four years will continue to be implemented. I’m still hopeful about it and I must admit it has been a good programme,” the president said.

According to the Constitution it is the president who designates a new prime minister. The prime minister then proposes the new composition of the government. Usually it is the candidate of the grouping or coalition that won the parliamentary election. Mateusz Morawiecki had already been announced as the United Right candidate for the head of the new government.

The president has 14 days to appoint the head of the government and ministers and to take the oath from the new Council of Ministers. A maximum of two weeks later, the prime minister delivers an exposé and applies for a vote of confidence. The Sejm, the Polish parliament’s Lower House, may grant it only by an absolute majority of votes in the presence of at least half of the statutory number of MPs.

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