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Polish sejm votes out Morawiecki, selects Tusk as new PM

After nine years out of power, Donald Tusk regained Poland’s top office on 11 December with 248 votes from parliament members.
Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk. Credit: Donald Tusk Źródło / Facebook / Platforma Obywatelska
Polish sejm votes out Morawiecki, selects Tusk as new PM

On 11 December the Polish parliament majority voted in favour of the Civic Coalition leader Donald Tusk for the post of prime minister, TVN24 reported on 11 December.

Some 248 deputies of the Sejm voted for Tusk as prime minister, while 201 voted against. No one abstained. Earlier on the same day the Polish parliament expressed no confidence in Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s minority government, with 266 deputies voting against confidence and 190 voting in favour on 11 December, European Pravda reported.

After the vote, the elected prime minister thanked the Polish people and said that he had to return as prime minister, stating, “I would like to thank the members of the Law and Justice party, it is you who managed to wake up millions of people. It is thanks to what you tried to do not only with me but also with democracy that so many Poles woke up on 15 October.”

October’s elections saw a coalition led by Mr Tusk win a majority of seats with a record turnout of more than 70%.

Tusk’s government will be fully operational no earlier than 13 December after taking the oath before the President of Poland.

Tusk was previously prime minister of Poland between 2007 and 2014, and later European Council president from 2014 to 2019. A former European Council president, Tusk intends to move Poland closer to European allies and revive support for Ukraine.

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