Tremors shake Poland's ruling party's ally as members suspended

According to Agreement's deputy spokesperson Jan Strzeżek, the eight members "have numerously breached the party's statutes." Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Agreement, a junior partner that is key to maintaining a parliamentary majority by the ruling United Right coalition, has suspended eight of its members, including three MPs, in yet another stage of a broader conflict in the party.

Agreement's authorities have also forwarded a motion to the party's court to strip the eight politicians of party membership, PAP was told by Agreement's deputy spokesperson, Jan Strzeżek.

According to Strzeżek, the eight members "have numerously breached the party's statutes."

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 as his term of office expired three years before.

Bielan also claims to be the current Agreement leader, but most party members support Gowin.

The latest developments may reduce the party's parliamentary representation to 12 MPs if the three expulsion motions are approved.

Before the conflict, Agreement had 16 MPs, not a strong representation, but decisive for the United Right's parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition has 234 MPs in the 460-member lower house.

The three suspended 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 local government minister at the Prime Minister's Office and a deputy state assets minister.

According to unofficial information obtained by PAP, Agreement will withdraw their recommendations for the three government officials.