Pole Kaczynski quits government post to focus on party leadership

Poland’s ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Wednesday he would step down from his government post to devote more time to leading the party, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, confirming a report by the government. official press agency PAP.

Kaczynski, 72, is widely regarded as Poland’s de facto ruler and will remain key to the leadership of the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party as he contemplates parliamentary elections in 2023 while facing a parliamentary majority unstable and aggravating conflicts with the European Union. “He wants to devote himself to the party,” said one of the sources.

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 the late President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in 2010, has returned to the government in October 2020 as Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Defense.

PiS spokespersons could not be reached immediately for comment. The party remains at the top of opinion polls, in part thanks to its generous benefit packages, despite a growing dispute with the EU over accusations that the far-right PiS has put the state in jeopardy. law, media freedoms and LGBT rights.

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