Poland is peering into a political abyss following a row between the Prime Minister, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and his sacked deputy Andrezj Lepper. The leader of the leftist Self-Defence party says it will not be leaving the ruling coalition, despite being fired over a corruption investigation.
Lepper says party members voted unanimously to break the alliance but authorised the leadership to choose when it wants to. It caps a dramatic day which began with the country staring at the prospect of early elections. But the prime minister ruled out going to the polls next month saying most of the country would be on holiday. Instead, Kacyznski says he will give himself two months to rebuild his majority in parliament or call a mid-term vote.