Polands Sejm (lower house) Thursday voted down oppositionist Civic Platforms no-confidence motion against the Beata Szydlo government. Szydlo herself called the motion "a pack of lies".
Civic Platforms main charge against the government was its failure to respond to fascist slogans at a November 11 Independence Day march in Warsaw. In a debate preceding the vote, the partys leader, Grzegorz Schetyna, whom the motion proposed as prime minister in Szydlos place, also observed that Polands "true government" was not Szydlos team but Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of current ruling Law and Justice party.
Schetyna stressed that Kaczynski should be prime minister as head of the ruling party, not Szydlo, and complained that the present was "a unique concoction of dictatorship and anarchy".
Szydlo, who addressed the Sejm before Schetyna and left the house before he took the floor, called the non-confidence motion "a pack of lies and slander". She also pointed out that Civic Platform MEPs had backed a recent EP resolution on the rule of law in Poland, thereby making themselves guilty of "squealing" on their country.
"Civic Platforms no-confidence motion against the government only serves those who do not want Polish affairs to progress well, who want (...) to destabilise the situation in our country. It is a pack of lies and slander which not only insult the intelligence of Poles, but is a sheer waste of time for the house as there seem to be matters of more importance for us to attend to than discussing such mendacious accusations," Szydlo said.
Defending the no-confidence motion, Rafal Trzaskowski, Civic Platforms candidate for the Warsaw mayorship, criticised the Szydlo cabinets recent justice reforms, observing that they curbed the independence of Polish courts. He also accused the government of tampering with election laws and moves to restrict civil liberties.
Law and Justices Marcin Horala countered by stating that the Szydlo governments chief aim was to serve Poland. Horala listed the governments successes, most notably a retirement age cut, new tax laws and a monthly child benefit, and pointed out that it had also prevented a migration wave to Poland.
Horala also observed that Polands economy was experiencing record growth, with wages on the rise and the lowest unemployment rate since 1991.
Szydlo, her ministers and Kaczynski left the room before Schetynas speech to the latters cries of "heres a government thats leaving the debating room because it doesnt want to hear what the opposition has to say. Shame on you for that!" (PAP)mb/