Poland faces the prospect of snap elections after the country’s prime minister sacked his deputy in a row over the budget. Leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that leftist politician Andrzej Lepper’s lack of support for his financial plans would mean a new coalition would have to be formed – otherwise new elections would be inevitable. The four-month-long alliance between the two parties has been marked by disagreements. Tensions between the conservative Law and Justice party and Lepper’s Self-Defence party have reached boiling point because of a growing rift over next year’s government expenditure plans.
Lepper has been calling for more money to be spent on farming, education and health – threatening the government’s promise to keep the budget deficit in check. The expansion of the country’s military commitment to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon and a further troop deployment to Afghanistan have brought things to a head. Lepper’s sacking will have to be approved by Poland’s president who is the twin brother of Prime Minister Kaczynski.