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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Kaczyński names Marcinkiewicz as candidate for Prime Minister

WBJ:


Prime Minister Marcinkiewicz could soon be the name on everyone's lips

During a press conference yesterday, the leader of Law and Justice (PiS), Jarosław Kaczyński, named Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz as the party's most likely candidate for Prime Minister. Marcinkiewicz is a trusted politician and one of the party's founders and leaders. PiS' leader emphasized that: "Marcinkiewicz is well prepared to solve economic problems, he has a good reputation in the business area, and was the coordinator of the process of preparing PiS' election program." In order to choose the best candidate for the post of PM, the party consulted with Civic Platform (PO). PiS is on the verge of forming a coalition with PO in the new government. "After these talks I decided that Marcinkiewicz is the man who guarantees the fastest and most effective appointment of the government," said Kaczyński. Marcinkiewicz said that Jan Rokita should participate in the formation of the new government. He also added that the most urgent task is to create the new government's program, while appointing new Ministers is a secondary matter.


An excellent move. Marcinkiewicz is relatively unknown, and was set to be Economic or Finance Minister under a PiS government. I've heard him speak on economic matters, and was encouraged with what I heard - lower taxes, fewer ministries and government bureaucracy. Is that the kind of policy they'll stick with? It's too early to tell, but that PO had imput into the decision is a hopeful sign. Could this conservative coalition bring their fiscally responsible economic policies (rather than their disastrous social policies) to the fore? Here's a good signal that it will:


Draft budget adopted but PiS already has its fiscal planning knives out


Yesterday the [SLD] government adopted a draft budget for 2006. According to the project the budget deficit is to amount to zł.32.5 billion i.e. 3.3% of GDP. "I can see no crisis in public finances," said Prime Minister Marek Belka. "In 2008 we will easily fulfill the criterion of a 3% public finance sector deficit as compared to GDP." However, the leaders of the parties that won the election have already announced that the budget will be changed. "We are already preparing amendments for the budget for 2006," revealed Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz from Law and Justice (PiS). "We assume far-reaching changes such as the liquidation of certain agencies and funds and shifts within the budget." PiS would also like to lower the deficit to zł.30 billion .

[That would bring it to about 3% of GDP already - an important step if Poland wants to join the eurozone sooner rather than later].

[But then, PiS' socialist side rears its ugly head:]

Artur Zawisza from PiS did not exclude an increase of revenues as compared to those planned by the present government by introducing tax changes.

However, the politicians of the Civic Platform (PO), the PiS' potential coalition partner, ruled this out. "It is out of the question. Minister Gronicki planned too optimistic tax revenues for next year anyway," said Zbigniew Chlebowski from PO.


Let's hope PO stick to their guns.

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Blogger Gustav said...

EU Observer

Surprise as economist named to lead Poland

In a surprise move, the conservative winner of last Sunday’s Polish elections, Jarosław Kaczyński, has proposed physics and economics expert Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz as the new Polish prime minister – refraining from taking the tob job himself.

Mr Kaczynski’s right-leaning Law and Justice party on Sunday won a convincing victory in the country’s general elections, winning 26.7 percent of the votes, ahead of the centre-right Civic Platform which ended up gaining 24.1 percent.

During the campaign both parties had already said they would form a coalition. Together, they will now make up a majority with 288 of the 460 parliament seats.

Mr Kaczynski said yesterday (27 September) according to German press reports "I have considered what the shortest way is to quickly form a government".

Talks with the Civic Platform had led to the conclusion that Mr Marcinkiewicz was the right man for the job, he added.

The 46 year-old Mr Marcinkiewicz has been leading the Polish parliament’s privatisation committee but was a physics teacher before his carreer in politics began.

Mr Marcinkiewicz said his intention is to form a "stable government for four years".

According to press reports, one reason for Mr Kaczynski's move is that his twin brother, current Warsaw mayor Lech Kaczynski, has good chances to be elected Polish president after the presidential elections to be held on 9 October.

Mr Kaczynski said Poles did not want two brothers filling up the presidency and the prime ministership.


But Robert Beange, an economist with Lehman Brothers in London, is quoted by Reuters as saying that Mr Marcinkiewicz was "just a holding candidate until the presidency is decided".

Civic Platform presidential candidate Donald Tusk had urged Law and Justice to appoint Mr Kaczynski as prime minister, instead of a "figurehead".

Mr Tusk leads Mr Kaczynski’s brother in opinion polls.

Although Law and Justice and the Civic Platform are keen on forming a coalition together, difficulties look set to arise primarily in the area of economic policy.

While Civic Platform has a pro-business reputation, Law and Justice is said to be less market-oriented and more socially conservative.

9/28/2005 11:20:00 AM  


Blogger Gustav said...

That's probably right, he is a holding candidate.

But if Lech wins?

With this astute announcement from Jarek (short for Jarosław), he just might.

9/28/2005 11:22:00 AM  


Blogger Rythin said...

I live in Gorzow, a city where Marcinkiewicz was born and has been working in for all these years. I am pretty much familiar with his opinions, work he does (and how he does it) and even his character (as he's my father's friend). I can guarantee he - if only he keeps at least a bit of independence and isn't just a puppet PM - will be a good PM. Better than Jaroslaw, at least.

9/28/2005 01:17:00 PM  


Blogger Gustav said...

Thanks for the insight, rythin!

I hope you're right. There's no knowing though, until we get the results of the presidential elections.

9/28/2005 01:19:00 PM  


Blogger Larski said...

Couldn't it be that PiS are second guessing the electorate and are naming Marcinkiewicz now to stop scaring voters away? If you are worried about two brothers leading the country, you may not vote for Kaczynski in presidential elections, but hey don't woory Marcinkiewicz is PM, so vote for good old Lech, and then in November actually Jarosław reckons he will take the helm seeing as his bro is now safely ensconced in the presidential palace.

beware, beware

9/28/2005 04:47:00 PM  


Blogger Gustav said...

Exactly Larski. That's a distinct possibility. Have you noticed how Lech is gaining in the polls?

Promises, promises. Once you're elected, you can break as many as you want.

Hey look, they really did steal the moon!

9/28/2005 10:03:00 PM  


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