Kaczynski from Poland to leave government post, focus on party leadership | world news


WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Wednesday he would quit his government post to spend more time leading the party, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. , confirming a report by the official PAP news agency.

Kaczynski, 72, is widely seen as the de facto ruler of Poland and will remain key to the leadership of the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party as it eyes parliamentary elections in 2023, while facing a majority unstable parliament and deepening conflicts with the European Union. Union.

“He wants to focus on partying,” one of the sources said.

PAP reported that Kaczynski told a meeting of the PiS parliamentary group that he would step down from his government post in early 2022.

The twin brother of late President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in 2010, returned to government in October 2020 as deputy prime minister responsible for national security and defence.

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PiS spokespersons could not immediately be reached for comment.

The party remains ahead in opinion polls, thanks in part to its generous social benefit packages, despite a growing conflict with the EU over accusations that the far-right PiS has jeopardized the state of law, media freedom and LGBT rights.

(Reporting by Alan Charlish, Anna Koper, Pawel Florkiewicz Editing by Gareth Jones and Mark Heinrich)

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