Sunday, April 05, 2009

Parties seek to clean up their members' ties with business

Late last week in response to the recent accusations of nepotism and corruption concerning politicians in the ruling coalition, the Civic Platform (PO) party revealed a list of its deputies who participate in businesses or hold shares in companies.

“One cannot finish off people just because there were once entrepreneurs and own shares,” announced Waldemar Pawlak, who is both the leader of the Polish Peasants Party (PSL) and Economy Minister and who was implicated in a corruption scandal.

PSL representatives do not agree with PM Donald Tusk that members of parliament should dispose of their shares in companies. PO wants such regulations to be in force following the next Parliamentary elections. This stance is also supported by Law and Justice (PiS) and the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) which are to prepare their own lists of deputies who are also businessmen.