“The politician wants to take up the task of maintaining power and public opinion”
The leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, announced his resignation from the post of vice-president Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Security and Defense Committee. According to him, he decided to focus on more important things for the country. The expert told what the resignation of the most influential Polish politician is connected with and whether his departure will have an impact on the course of the local government.
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“I'm not in the government anymore, – quotes the words of Yaroslav Kaczynski news agency PAP. – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and, as far as I know, President Andrzej Duda accepted my resignation.
The 72-year-old politician noted that his successor as deputy head of the Polish government would be National Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. Kaczynski emphasized that in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, this is a “natural solution.”
“In the particular situation in which we are, such an association has very great advantages,” — he added.
Yaroslav Kaczynski has served as Deputy Prime Minister in charge of law enforcement agencies in the Polish government since October 2020. In addition, he heads the National Security and Defense Committee.
According to the Associated Press, Yaroslav Kaczynski's departure was quite expected. In an interview with the Polish media, the politician said that he planned to leave the post of Deputy Prime Minister earlier, but postponed his departure due to the start of Russia's special operation in Ukraine.
Yaroslav Kaczynski continuously heads the Law and Justice party since 2003. And in 2006-2007, he served as prime minister.
After the death of his twin brother Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in 2010, he ran for the presidency. Then the politician took second place, losing to Bronislav Komarovsky. In Poland, Jarosław Kaczynski is called the most influential politician and “gray eminence”.
“The resignation of Jaroslaw Kaczynski from the post of Deputy Prime Minister will not lead to any significant changes either in Polish politics or in the internal alignment of forces, – comments “MK” political scientist and leading expert of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISI) Oleg Nemensky. – The departure of the 72-year-old politician from this position was announced by himself during the congress of the Law and Justice party, which took place quite recently. Kaczynski is not only the leader of this party, but also the de facto head of state – the “grey eminence” behind the entire ruling system. It has been like this for many years.
According to the expert, the fact that Kaczynski decided to enter the government and deal with the security sector since October 2020 is his personal initiative. It is quite clear that he needed it to solve internal personnel issues. Indeed, for a politician this is an additional burden, which he can just as easily get rid of.
“Now, – the expert continues, – the ruling party of Poland has a difficult situation due to rather negative economic processes, changes in public opinion that threaten the leadership of this political force with the prospect of not retaining power during the 2023 parliamentary elections. Therefore, as Kaczynski himself stated, he wants to concentrate on preparing the party for the upcoming elections, as well as to tackle the tasks of maintaining power and public opinion next year. She is actually very difficult. The danger of losing the government as a result of the elections is really extremely high.
Moreover, the politician's priority is domestic issues, which he plans to deal with now. They are connected both with the economic situation, and with information policy, and in general with the positioning of the party within the country.
At the same time, one must understand that the course of the Polish government and the entire state system, which is now completely controlled by the Kaczynski-led party, will not change in any way, including in relation to Ukraine and Russia».