Two minor parties hold talks on coalition

Rural interests Polish People’s Party (PSL) and anti-establishment Kukiz’15 discussed an alliance ahead of elections this autumn.

“It is worthwhile to build a third force, between left-wing Civic Platform and right-wing Law and Justice, because building a strong centre force will mean our proposals could be realised,” said Piotr Apel, an MP belonging to the Kukiz’15 grouping.

Kukiz’15 received 3.7 percent of the votes in the recent European Parliament elections, short of the 5 percent needed to cross the electoral threshold. PSL is currently polling at exactly five percent. The electoral coalition is therefore in the interest of both groups. PSL already announced plans to form a “Polish Coalition” for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“If Kukiz’15 ever enters into an alliance with anyone, then it will be an alliance on the foundation of a common program, not a personal alliance or an alliance just in the interest of victory,” stressed Mr Apel. “We have not established such an alliance with PSL yet,” he added.

PSL ran as a part of the European Coalition in the European Parliament elections, together with centre and left-wing parties. Some of PSL’s politicians fear that the views of their left-wing allies, especially these on LGBT issues, cause them to lose support among rural voters. PSL quit the coalition after the elections.

Kukiz’15 was set to hold talks with Confederation alliance, headed by MPs who got elected on a Kukiz’15 ballot in the last parliamentary election in 2015, but later defected. The talks were postponed due to talks with PSL.