PM Beata Szydło safe in top job: deputy PM
PR dla Zagranicy
One of Poland's deputy prime ministers has denied claims the prime minister is to be replaced, following media reports that the governing party's leader is set to take over the top job.
Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Jarosław Kaczyński. Photo courtesy of pis.org.pl
On Monday, Poland's conservative Sieci Prawdy weekly wrote that Beata Szydło would be ditched so she could “rest up” before running for a seat in the European Parliament, and that she would be replaced as prime minister by the ruling Law and Justice party's leader, Jarosław Kaczyński.
The paper suggested the change could coincide with Polish independence day on 11 November or a few days later when the government marks the mid-point in its four-year term in office.
Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “This is not a question for me. I am just a deputy prime minister”.
Jarosław Gowin, another deputy prime minister, said the Sieci Prawdy report was a “rumour” and that “there is no decision to change the prime minister”.
He added that there would be a mid-term assessment of the government's performance and decisions to make some changes would be possible after that, but suggestions that decisions have already been taken were “made up”.
Prime Minister Beata Szydło told private broadcaster TVN that she would stay in the top job but that there would be a government reshuffle. (vb/pk)