Ruling coalition in transformation phase - leader

Changes in Poland's United Right ruling coalition are causing some tension, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of United Right umbrella party Law and Justice (PiS), said in a press interview on Wednesday.

Disagreements within the governing bloc have prompted speculation that it might collapse, an act that could precipitate an early election or Law and Justice forming a minority government.

But Kaczynski told the Gazeta Polska daily that despite recent friction among the United Right members, the prevailing view within the coalition was that there was no alternative to continuing it.

"I'm not clairvoyant, so I won't attempt a detailed forecast of the future,” said Kaczynski. “But neither will I conceal the true state of affairs - we do have tension in the coalition. At the same time I have no doubts that the vast majority of people in the ruling majority today realise there is no alternative to cooperation in the present format."

However, he warned that the conflicts within the group should not be allowed to go too far. "A jug only carries water until its handle breaks off. And this handle could break off," Kaczynski said.

He also did not rule out an early election, but said the United Right had a realistic chance to complete its full term in office, if it kept together. He also appealed to the coalition parties to "keep the common interest and the national interest in mind."

Kaczynski said he fully supported and trusted Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, adding that this backing was the mainstay of Morawiecki's government. "He has my backing and confidence, because if he didn't, he wouldn't be who he is," Kaczynski said.