Polish deputy PM resigns

Addressing a press conference, Gowin stated that, at the current moment, "we should all be focused on two things, namely, the fight against coronavirus and the struggle for the Polish economy." Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

Polish Deputy PM Jaroslaw Gowin announced on Monday that he has tendered his resignation. He added his Agreement party remains in the United Right coalition and that his groupings candidate for deputy PM is Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz.

Addressing a press conference, Gowin stated that, at the current moment, "we should all be focused on two things, namely, the fight against coronavirus and the struggle for the Polish economy."

He added that it was necessary "to settle the question of presidential elections," and informed that his proposal to postpone them for a year was approved only by the agrarian Polish People's Party (PSL)," while his another proposal to change the Constitution and delay the vote by two years had only been approved by the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS).

"Let's say it openly. The Polish political class cannot come to agreement even in such difficult conditions," he said.

Stating that, in his opinion, the presidential election cannot be held on May 10, Gowin announced that his party had suggested a three-month vacatio legis but admitted that the proposal had not been accepted by his party's coalition partners.

"That is why I am resigning," he repeated, adding that he has resigned from the post of deputy PM and science minister.

He also said that no early elections could be held in the near future since "Poland needed a strong government, a strong majority," and added that his Agreement party would remain in the United Right coalition.

Gowin also reiterated that Emilewicz had been recommended as his replacement for deputy PM.

Emilewicz, who also attended the press conference, said that the main aim was to ensure stability, economic security and the health of Poles. She also declared more legislation aimed at combatting the effects of the epidemic was needed "in order to survive the worst economic disaster to hit Poland in the last one hundred years."