28th November 2023 – (Warsaw) Poland’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, officially assumed office on Monday as his government was sworn in. However, the cabinet’s formation must now receive approval from the lower house of parliament, known as the Sejm, within the next two weeks.
In an afternoon ceremony, Morawiecki submitted a proposal to President Andrzej Duda, outlining the composition of his new Council of Ministers. A government spokesperson revealed that the cabinet includes a mix of experts who have not previously held political positions, as well as seasoned politicians with specialised knowledge in various fields.
Among the key appointments in the new government, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek will assume the role of Minister of Foreign Affairs, while Mariusz Blaszczak will continue as the head of the Ministry of National Defence. Marlena Malag has been appointed as the Minister of Development and Technology.
Notably absent from the new cabinet is Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the Law and Justice (PiS) party and former deputy prime minister. On the other hand, Morawiecki’s government boasts a significant representation of female ministers, with more than half of the appointed positions being held by women.
Mateusz Morawiecki now faces the task of presenting a written exposition to the Sejm within 14 days, seeking a vote of confidence. Failure to secure this vote would result in the Sejm taking charge of selecting a prime minister to form a government.
During the parliamentary elections held on 15th October, the PiS party secured 194 seats, falling short of a majority in the 460-seat Sejm. The three major opposition groups, namely the Civic Coalition led by former Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the Third Way, and the New Left, collectively obtained 248 seats. Demonstrating unity, the opposition alliance signed a coalition agreement on 10th November.