An early general election seems increasingly likely in Poland after the country’s prime minister sacked his deputy and main coalition partner. Jaroslaw Kacynski said he dismissed Andrej Lepper, leader of the rural Self Defence Party, over a corruption inquiry at the ministry of agriculture, Lepper’s former department. In a further development, the second biggest opposition party, the Democratic Left Alliance, says it will table a vote of no confidence in the government later today.
Kacynski called on Lepper’s party to stay in the coalition despite its leader’s departure. But the prime minister insisted he is ready to face the electorate in mid-term if his government loses its majority. Lepper denies any wrongdoing and his party rallied behind him, deciding to leave the government.
Without the support of the SDP’s 46 deputies, the government can only field 203 voices in parliament – far short of the 231 needed for a majority.