Two government ministers survive votes of no confidence

The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, voted against two votes of no confidence in the minister of education Anna Zalewska and the minister of maritime economy Marek Gróbarczyk.

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The opposition Civic Platform-Civic Coalition (PO-KO) caucus accused minister Zalewska of causing chaos in education, deteriorating the situation in schools as well as bringing about the teachers’ strike.

A total of 180 MPs voted for the dismissal of Ms Zalewska, 228 were against and two abstained.

The Sejm also debated a vote of no confidence in the maritime economy and inland navigation minister Marek Gróbarczyk.

Again, the motion was submitted by the PO-KO caucus. The opposition criticised the minister, pointing out that in their opinion, his activities were being used for realising the political interest of his party.

The authors of the motion claimed that Mr Gróbarczyk’s work was based on creating a “black image” of the maritime economy over the period of the previous government and making unrealistic promises.

The vote of no confidence in the maritime economy minister was supported by 155 MPs, 244 were against and 12 abstained.