Polish president appoints new deputy PM

Jadwiga Emilewicz replaced Jarosław Gowin, who resigned his post of deputy PM on Monday. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

Acting on the motion of the prime minister, Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday appointed Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz Poland's new deputy PM.

Earlier, the president recalled Jarosław Gowin from the post of deputy PM and science minister.

The announcement was published by the President's Office on its website and earlier by the PM's Office on Twitter.

Gowin resigned from the post of deputy PM and science minister on Monday. Explaining his decision, he said that, in his opinion, presidential elections could not be held on May 10 due to the coronavirus epidemic. It was also caused by the ruling Law and Justice's (PiS) rejection of his proposal to introduce a three-month vacatio legis regarding a PiS draft concerning the vote, he said, adding his Agreement party would remain in the United Right coalition. Gowin recommended Emilewicz as his replacement for deputy PM.