Polish president satisfied with ruling camp's election deal

"I can express great satisfaction that this agreement has been reached," Duda said. Mateusz Marek/PAP

Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking at a press conference on Thursday, expressed satisfaction with an election agreement that the parties comprising the ruling United Right coalition had managed to reach the day before.

After weeks of impasse, the leaders of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and its coalition ally, the Agreement party, announced in a joint Wednesday statement that this Sunday's election will not take place. They expressed expectation that it will be consequently annulled by the Supreme Court, which will allow the lower house speaker to set a new election date.

Duda, who is running for re-election, said he had been concerned with the "crisis" in the United Right camp and the "threat of a break-up." He said he had previously discussed the matter with Agreement's leader, Jaroslaw Gowin.

The president said he had been constantly informed about developments in the coalition by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his election campaign aide Beata Szydlo, Morawiecki's predecessor.

"I can express great satisfaction that this agreement has been reached," Duda said. "It has been seen in today's vote on the (postal voting - PAP) bill, in which the United Right camp voted in unison," Duda said.

Duda said he hoped the presidential election will be held as soon as possible, in a way that would be safe for all.

The May 10 election became impossible due to opposition from Gowin, who said the election must be safe for Poles amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as transparent and democratic. PiS had pushed to make the May election an all-postal one, but opposition parties accused PiS of preparing the relevant legislation hastily and with no adherence to democratic election standards.

The Sejm (the lower house of Polish parliament) on Thursday morning rejected the Senate's veto to the ruling party's postal vote bill, proving that the PiS-Agreement deal has been successful.