Poland’s President has hinted that early elections could take place in the autumn. Lech Kaczynski had held lengthy talks with Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk, and a presidential spokesman said afterwards that an early ballot was “unavoidable”.
The announcement comes after the latest crisis within the government. Prime Minister and President’s brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski last month sacked his junior coalition partner and farmers’ leader Andrzej Lepper from the cabinet.
Lepper’s party stood by their man and threatened to withdraw from the ruling coalition. Now the Kaczynskis face an election that their Law and Justice Party risks losing. One opinion poll gives Tusk’s Civic Platform an 11-point lead.
If the vote is to go ahead, parliament must first dissolve itself, but not before passing some urgent bills, including Poland’s entry into the EU’s border-free zone.