Polish President Unlikely to Block Tusk’s Appointment as PM 

Senior aide to President Duda says Donald Tusk's appointment will take place on or just after 11 December if parliament by then chooses him as the new prime minister

1 December 2023

Adam Jasser

Deputy Managing Editor

A senior aide to President Andrzej Duda has dismissed speculation that he might block the appointment of Donald Tusk, the former EU council chief, as Poland’s next prime minister on the pretext that he was a “risk to national security”. Such an attempt to defy the parliamentary majority that backs Tusk would plunge Poland into an uncharted constitutional crisis.

Attempts by the defeated nationalist government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to delay the transition of power to a new majority coalition led by Donald Tusk took a dangerous turn this week when a partisan government-controlled committee declared the former prime minister and EU council head unfit to take public office.

A rushed slanderous recommendation

The committee’s slanderous “recommendation”, which was rushed just minutes before its members were dismissed by the newly elected parliament, carries no legal weight, but given the obvious reluctance of the ruling camp to accept defeat and surrender power since the 15 October elections, it led to speculation Duda could use it as a pretext not to swear Tusk in.

But even if this would be the preferred course for Morawiecki and his political master, Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jarosław Kaczyński, the normally pliant president appears unwilling to play such a dangerous and clearly unconstitutional game.

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Adam Jasser

Deputy Managing Editor

Since 2021, Adam has co-hosted a foreign policy podcast “About the World at Onet” for Poland’s leading web portal onet.pl. He has worked as a business and policy consultant, including with the World Bank on competition, privatisation and regulatory reforms in transition economies. In 2014-16, Adam was head of the Polish competition authority. He served as Secretary of State in the Chancellery of Prime Minister Donald Tusk in 2010-14. He was Secretary of the PM’s Economic Council and oversaw the analytical and policy impact assessment department. Before joining the government, Adam was Programme Director at Warsaw-based think-tank demosEuropa – Centre for European Strategy. Earlier, he spent almost 20 years at Reuters news agency, in roles stretching from translator and head of economic reporting in Warsaw, to bureau chief in Frankfurt and regional editor for central Europe, Balkans and Turkey.

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