A corruption scandal sweeping through the Polish government has claimed another two top figures.
Grzegorz Schetyna has resigned as interior minister over allegations that senior officials had dealings with businessmen who were lobbying against plans to increase taxes on gambling.
He will now lead Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform party in parliament. No reason has been given for the switch, but Schetyna, like all those implicated in the affair, has denied any wrongdoing.
He has been described as Tusk’s right-hand man. The prime minister has been further undermined by the departure of the justice minister in similar circumstances. The sports minister and the head of the parliamentary party had earlier offered their resignations.
Tusk has said he will set up a parliamentary committee to investigate the scandal but it has already damaged his party’s image ahead of presidential elections next year in which he himself is expected to stand.
Polish ministers step down over scandal