The future of Poland’s governing coalition is in doubt after a junior member pulled out of the cabinet. Leader of the Self-Defence Party Andrzej Lepper said his two ministers were ready to leave government because the alliance with the senior Law and Justice party was effectively dead. Prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski sacked Lepper four weeks ago over accusations of corruption, triggering a political crisis and raising the prospect of early elections. Lepper denies the allegations. Without the support of Self Defence, the Law and Justice Party – which narrowly won the 2005 general election – will not have a majority in parliament. It is not the first time Self-Defence quits the coalition. It already left once last year in a dispute over the budget but was later welcomed back.
Polish future in the balance