Polish PM resigns after two years in office

Poland - Factors to Watch Dec 7

Poland's president is meeting with leading members of the government amid mounting speculation that Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is to be replaced.

The Polish Government Spokesperson Beata Mazurek, said in a statement that Szydlo submitted her resignation letter to the Board of Directors of her Law and Justice Party (PiS) and they accepted it at a board meeting.

PiS party spokeswoman said on Tuesday that it was not a secret that the candidacy of Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to become the new prime minister has emerged, but she said no decisions have been made yet.

Mazurek said Szydlo, who had been prime minister since elections brought PiS to power in 2015, resigned shortly before Morawiecki's appointment. "These two years have been an unbelievable time for me".

Szydło is to be offered the post of deputy prime minister in Morawiecki's government, PAP cited Deputy Foreign Minister Jan Dziedziczak as saying.

Morawiecki, a former worldwide banker, is believed to be close to PiS's influential leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Some critics see the change of prime minister as an attempt to distract people from the passage of those laws.

Friday is expected to be another eventful day in Warsaw, with lawmakers to vote on controversial legislation that would put the Supreme Court and a judicial body under the party's control.

Opposition parties and the European Union (EU) have criticized the bills as anti-democratic and warned of the gradual erosion of the rule of law in the country.

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