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Prime Minister announces 'small but interesting' cabinet reshuffle

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Peter Gentle 20.02.2013 14:10
Finance minister Jacek Rostowski is to be Poland's new deputy prime minister and interior minister Jacek Cichocki has been replaced by Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, PM Tusk has announced.

PM Tusk (left) congratulates Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski on becoming deputy prime minister, Wednesday: photo - PAP/Pawel Supernak

Prime Minister Donald Tusk tweeted before the press conference on Wednesday that the much-touted reshuffle would include “small but interesting and necessary changes” to the government.

Extensive changes would occur to the composition of the government “in the middle of the year” PM Tusk told journalists today, however, as “some ministers have been working for the last six years”.

All the changes announced on Wednesday are in ministries led by the senior coalition partner, Civic Platform, with Prime Minister Donald Tusk adding that “changes are sometimes necessary in order to rebuild synergy in the government and not in order to criticize specific ministers”.

The three ministers who are members of the junior partner, the Polish Peasants Party (PSL) have kept their posts.

The now former interior minister Jacek Cichocki will lead the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, where he replaces Tomasz Arabski.

Jacek Rostowski will remain at the head of the Finance Ministry as well as being deputy PM, alongside PSL's Janusz Piechociński, who is also economy minister.

Prime Minister Tusk said that he has forwarded the proposed changes to the government to President Bronislaw Komorowski for his agreement. (pg)

source: PAP/IAR

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