Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Polish President warns about changing Prime Minister

According to Polish Government opposition party Civic Platform leader Donald Tusk, Poland's President Lech Kaczynski warned him that he would not allow any legislation to pass if the Presidents brother was not the Prime Minister.

Yesterday Donald Tusk held a very short meeting with Polish President Lech Kaczynski. There is the President's version of what happened at the meeting and there is Donald Tusk's version of what happened at the meeting.

According to Donald Tusk, the President became very angry and cut the meeting short after Donald Tusk told the President that the President's brother, the Prime Minister of Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has lost the ability to govern and that he should press his brother to resign.

The President's spokesman, however, said that the meeting was terminated quickly because it was Donald Tusk who became angry.

According to Tusk, the President told him that the only legislation that the president will allow to pass would be legislation passed by government with his brother as the Prime Minister.

According to the president's spokesman, when the President is presented legislation from the Polish parliament he has several options. One of those options is to veto any legislation that is not good for Poland.

That a meeting between the President and an opposition leader gets cut short is not good for Poland.

And any threat, implied or otherwise, to veto or otherwise stop passage of any legislation not passed under a government controled by the President's brother has some people worried.