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Poland finds itself in uncharted territory as President Andrzej Duda navigates an extraordinary political situation. Following consultations with parliamentary parties, Duda revealed two serious contenders for the position of prime minister. The ruling United Right coalition nominated Mateusz Morawiecki, asserting their parliamentary majority. In contrast, the opposition, comprising Civic Coalition, Third Way, and Left, presented Donald Tusk as their candidate, despite lacking a formal coalition agreement.
This unprecedented scenario has placed President Duda in a dilemma. Typically, the winning party or coalition nominates the prime minister. However, with multiple factions vying for power, no clear mandate exists. Duda emphasized the absence of a formal coalition agreement, delaying the announcement of ministerial candidates.
Poland’s constitution provides a window for resolution, allowing time for negotiations. Despite the lack of consensus, Duda reaffirmed the adherence to constitutional norms, preserving the nation’s democratic principles. The first parliamentary session is scheduled for November 13, offering a glimpse into the nation’s evolving political landscape.