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    Polish President Duda’s High-Stakes Consultations on Post-Election Government Formation

    Polish President Andrzej Duda is set to engage in crucial consultations next week with the representatives of election committees from the political parties slated to take their seats in the new parliament. The discussions are aimed at shaping the future government in the aftermath of last week’s general election.

    In the recent electoral showdown, the incumbent Law and Justice party emerged as the top vote-getter but fell short of securing an outright majority in the Sejm, the lower house of parliament. This scenario opens the door for opposition parties to propose the creation of a coalition government to President Duda.

    The Presidential Chancellery made an official announcement on Thursday, revealing that these consultations are scheduled to take place on the 24th and 25th of October, extending invitations on behalf of President Andrzej Duda. The meetings will be conducted individually and follow the order of the electoral committees’ performance in the parliamentary elections, meaning that the Law and Justice party will be the first to sit down with the president.

    Presidential advisor Marcin Mastalerek has clarified that these discussions will focus on the initial stages of government formation. According to the country’s constitution, the president possesses the authority to assign the task of establishing a government to any qualified individual. However, as President Duda emphasized, it is a customary practice to entrust this responsibility to the leader of the party that secured victory in the Sejm elections.

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