Polish Deputy Prime Minister Andrzej Lepper sacked
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Jarosław Kaczyński, the current Prime Minister, explained the reasons of dismissal in an interview for public television channel TVP1:
|There are serious reasons to believe they [members of Lepper's party] may have been involved in criminal activities.|
Kaczyński was referring to two people arrested by the Central Anticorruption Bureau on Friday. One of them, Andrzej R., told the Bureau that he was linked with Lepper. It is widely rumoured that a bribe in the amount of 3 million złoty was involved.
Mr. Lepper insist he is innocent, but he also told news-channel TVN24 that the coalition is over. Lepper is the leader of the Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland party, which is the second largest in the government coalition.
|I am not going back into this government.|
The coalition's break-up means that there is no majority in the Polish parliament at the moment. Self-Defence has 46 deputies in the 460-seat Sejm, the lower house of the Parliament. However, it may not mean early elections – the Opposition has too few votes to dissolve the Parliament.
- "Poland: Self-Defence to stay on in the governing coalition" — Wikinews, July 10, 2007
- Katya Andrusz, Monika Rozlal. "Poland's Coalition May Collapse, Prompting Elections" — , July 10, 2007
- "Poland on brink of early elections as corruption charges lead to deputy PM's dismissal" — , July 10, 2007
- "Poland PM warns of early election" — , July 10, 2007