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    Polish Coalition Talks Hinge on Prime Minister Designation

    In a recent announcement, government spokesperson Piotr Muller stated that negotiations for a potential coalition between the Law and Justice (PiS) party and other political entities would commence once Mateusz Morawiecki is officially designated as the prime minister of Poland. The current President, Andrzej Duda, has yet to formally appoint the prime minister, leaving the country in a state of political anticipation.

    President Duda has identified two candidates for the position of prime minister: Mateusz Morawiecki, the incumbent PiS prime minister, and Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Coalition, the primary opposition alliance. While PiS emerged as the party with the most votes in the October 15 general election, it fell short of securing a parliamentary majority. Consequently, PiS is now exploring avenues for support, including forming alliances with other parties or attracting sympathetic Members of Parliament from rival factions.

    Muller revealed that there are politicians within the Civic Coalition whose political stances align with those of PiS, indicating a potential common ground for cooperation. He also noted that some opposition MPs disagree with certain aspects of their potential allies’ agenda, specifically mentioning differences in views on forced European integration and policies advocated by the New Left. This discord, particularly on issues like abortion, may create divisions within the opposition, providing PiS with an opportunity to exploit these differences to its advantage.

    However, Muller acknowledged that certain sympathetic MPs from the opposition camp prefer to remain discreet until the official appointment of the prime minister. They fear potential backlash from what they perceive as the ‘liberal elite’ within the political landscape.

    Regarding the far-right Confederation party, Muller stated that discussions about potential collaboration with PiS have not taken place yet, making it impossible to determine their stance on aligning with the ruling party.

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