Tremors continue in Poland's ruling party's ally as members expelled
Agreement, a junior partner that is key to maintaining the parliamentary majority of the ruling United Right coalition, has expelled eight of its members, including three MPs, in yet another stage of a broader conflict in the party.
Authorities from Agreement suspended the eight members on Friday and sent a motion to the party's court to expel them. A day later, the court supported the motion.
"On Saturday, the court decided to expel them from Agreement," party spokeswoman Magdalena Sroka told PAP.
Agreement's deputy spokesman, Jan Strzeżek, told PAP on Friday that the eight members "have on numerous occasions breached the statutes of the party."
A few days ago, the party also expelled MP Kamil Bortniczuk and prominent Agreement member Adam Bielan over a leadership conflict, in which Bielan claimed Agreement's leader, Deputy PM Jarosław Gowin, had lost his mandate since his term of office expired three years ago.
Bielan also claims to be the current Agreement leader, but most party members support Gowin.
The latest developments have reduced the party's parliamentary representation by four MPs in just over a week's time.
Before the conflict, Agreement had 16 MPs, not a strong representation, but enough to give the United Right a parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition has 234 deputies in the 460-member lower house.
The three expelled MPs are also serving government functions, which directly affects the rest of the coalition government. They include a deputy funds and regional policy minister, a deputy state assets minister, and a minister for local governments at the Prime Minister's Office.
According to unofficial information obtained by PAP, Agreement will withdraw their recommendations for the three government officials.