Today’s news round-up in Poland

Today’s news round-up in Poland Kalbar/TFN

Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites. – The recent firing of Adam Niedzielski, the health minister, who published personal details of a doctor online, may trigger a wave of dismissals in the Health Ministry, affecting people close to Niedzielski, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote. Most high-ranking members of the ruling party, the conservative Law and Justice, concluded that Niedzielski was a liability in the incoming election campaign, the paper added. – Roman Giertych, a former ally of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) and an education minister in the 2005-2007 government, who has since become one of the harshest PiS critics, has come into conflict with opposition parties over a joint list of candidates for senators, the news channel TVN24 reported. Giertych complained his candidacy had been attacked by the Left party and refused to run from the city of Olsztyn, and instead will undermine the opposition's Senate pact by running from Warsaw against one of the Left's most prominent members, Magdalena Biejat. – An economic slowdown has surprised Polish transport firms who are bound to post loses this year, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote, adding that the economy is not likely to rebound within a year. Businesses admit there are not enough orders. "Compared to last year, the demand for transport services is visibly lower, in some cases by as much as 15 to 20 percent," the paper quoted Marcin Haladuda, sales director at transport exchange, as saying.

TVPInfo – Warsaw saw a march of Belarusian citizens on Wednesday in a protest against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, who claims to have won the presidential election on August 9, 2020, but the West and the Belarusian opposition see the ballot as rigged, the state-owned news channel TVP Info reported. Belarus has been in Lukashenko's increasingly tight grip since the contested election that triggered mass protests followed by harsh state repression.

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