Minority cabinet or early election a possibility - party official

Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) caucus head Ryszard Terlecki stated on Friday morning that if nothing changes in the situation which occurred yesterday, there is a possibility of a minority cabinet or early parliamentary elections.

"During the voting on the amendments (to the animal protection law - PAP), which was important to us, our coalition partners either were against or abstained from voting. And, of course, consequences have to be drawn from this," he told reporters in the Sejm (lower house).

Terlecki stated that there was a possibility of a minority cabinet if nothing changed, but admitted that it was difficult for such a government to conduct politics. He also declared that if it turned out impossible to act and make changes with such a cabinet, then an early parliamentary election would be a necessity.

On Thursday night, the Sejm (lower house) adopted amendments to the animal protection law. There were 356 votes for the amendments, 75 against and 18 abstentions. Now they will be sent to the Senate for further debate.

Out of 229 members of the ruling coalition, 176 Law and Justice MPs supported the amended bill while all MPs of Solidary Poland, a junior member of the ruling United Right coalition, voted against. Fifteen MPs of the Agreement party, another junior member of the ruling coalition, abstained from voting, two were against. Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski was against.