Poland's top politicians meeting over government future

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo right is being replaced by Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki left

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo right is being replaced by Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki left

According to a political analyst quoted in the Reuters report, Szydlo's ouster could have come about because the Law and Justice Party's leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, may have felt Szydlo was "too weak and that the government was seeded by internal conflicts and factional struggles".

Deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin said the parliamentary vote to appoint Morawiecki as her successor has been set for Tuesday. The meeting was expected to concern planned changes to the government, among other issues.

Meanwhile, Poland's PAP news agency reported that President Andrzej Duda would be meeting with Szydło and Kaczyński on Thursday morning to discuss issues including a government reshuffle.

PiS praised in a statement the "many successes were achieved in key areas of Polish life" during Szydlo's two-year premiership.

Poland's governing rightwing party on Thursday tapped its Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, an ex-banker, to replace Prime Minister Beata Szydlo who tendered her resignation as the administration focuses more on the economy.


The announcement was made late Thursday by Beata Mazurek, the Law and Justice party spokeswoman, following meetings at the party's headquarters in Warsaw.

Shifting challenges at home and overseas necessitated a change to "correct the composition of the government, including its leadership", the party said in the statement.

The government shuffle comes ahead of parliamentary votes on Friday on two controversial laws that would give the government far-reaching powers over the judicial system.

Asked if, halfway through the government's term in office, the ruling party chief, Jarosław Kaczyński, would replace Beata Szydło as prime minister, Terlecki said this "will transpire around noon".

Even though Szydlo's Cabinet enjoys wide public support and the economy is booming, some members of the ruling Law and Justice party say they want a new government leader to stimulate further economic development.

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