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Coalition negotiations successful says opposition

Talks between three Polish opposition groupings on forming a coalition have ended in success, a deputy leader of one of the groupings said on Friday morning.

The agreement strengthens the opposition hand when it comes to forming the next Polish government.

Although on Tuesday, Andrzej Duda gave the incumbent prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, the first shot at forming a new government, no other party has said it will work his Law and Justice party, and therefore he is unlikely to win a vote of confidence in the new parliament.

This opens the door for the opposition to present the president with the framework of a government. 

“The coalition talks were very good. They ended last night with success – and this is very good news for Poland,” Krzysztof Gawkowski, deputy head of the New Left told the radio station RMF FM on Friday.

“Today we are going to talk about the programme map, the most important matters for the future coalition, and the distribution of the positions in the Sejm and the Senate (Polish parliament – PAP),” explained Gawkowski.

The composition of the government, he continued, will be known within four weeks.

Gawkowski also said that the agreement would be good for four years. 

“We managed to prepare such a directional plan, to rule together for four years,” he said. “It means this is not a temporary agreement – it is an agreement for a good four years of mutual work.”

The agreement, he added, includes specific measures but also arrangements “that are directional, showing how to work together to achieve a goal,” he explained.

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