In the wake of Poland’s recent general election, where the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) lost its majority in the lower house of parliament after eight years in power, there has been speculation about the future of PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Despite the electoral setback, a prominent member of PiS and Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Ryszard Czarnecki, has confirmed that Kaczynski will continue to lead the party.
PiS secured 194 seats in the 460-member lower house of parliament during Sunday’s election. Czarnecki, a long-time member of PiS, emphasized the importance of Kaczynski’s role, stating, “His presence and his role are crucial.” He added that Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s position as the leader of the party, whether formal or not, is paramount, emphasizing that Kaczynski’s leadership is essential for the party’s future.
Kaczynski, who has been a prominent figure in Polish politics, played a significant role in the election campaign, representing not only his party but also the broader Law and Justice movement. Despite Kaczynski’s previous statement that the current term as PiS leader would be his last, Czarnecki expressed confidence in Kaczynski’s continued leadership. According to Czarnecki, “he decides about his formal position on the political scene. He has been a leader and will continue to be a leader – that is not up for debate.” The affirmation of Kaczynski’s leadership comes amidst questions about the party’s direction following the election results.