Poland’s political landscape remains uncertain as President Andrzej Duda refrains from announcing a date for the inaugural meeting of the new parliament after the general elections held on October 15. This ambiguity was highlighted by Urszula Zielińska, a prominent member of the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), the primary opposition group, following her meeting with the president on Tuesday.
Zielińska, who co-chairs the Greens party within the KO coalition, participated in talks with President Duda as part of his consultations with all parties that secured seats in the recent parliamentary elections. Despite appeals from KO politicians, urging the president not to delay the convening of the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, Duda did not disclose his plans regarding the matter.
“We can only hope that he will not wait until the last minute,” Zielińska expressed her concerns, emphasizing the urgency of the situation amidst ongoing challenges including the conflict in Ukraine and the prevailing energy crisis.
Apart from engaging with KO, President Duda also met with the ruling Law and Justice party on Tuesday, despite their loss of majority in the elections. Additionally, he is scheduled for discussions with the center-right Third Way, the New Left, and the far-right Confederation on Wednesday. In these meetings, Duda plans to delve into topics such as investments, the economy, energy, and defense. He will also inquire about potential candidates for the position of prime minister.
Earlier in the day, leaders from KO, the Third Way, and the New Left affirmed their readiness to establish a new coalition government.