Poland's ruling camp strengthens fragile majority

An MP, who had earlier defected from Poland's governing Law and Justice (PiS) caucus, has returned, thereby increasing the party's majority to 232 in the 460-member lower house of parliament, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has announced.

Malgorzata Janowska returned to PiS just 20 days after leaving the caucus.

On June 25, Janowska left PiS along with two other MPs, causing turbulence in the ruling party which then lacked two seats to reach a majority in parliament.

Since that time, PiS has attracted two other defectors who had left the party earlier.

"I would like to announce that we already have 232 people in our caucus," Kaczynski said.

However, despite her being a PiS caucus member again, Janowska will not return to the party itself but will join a small coalition group, the Republican Party, created from a split in a more liberal ruling coalition partner, Agreement.

Kaczynski hinted that he may have some more such news in store.

"I hope that I'll have the chance to inform you about such cases on other occasions and, this time, they may concern people who have never been with us," he said.