ATT MODS: If possible, please do not merge. Since the elections are over, I suggest this new thread dealing with events on Poland's poltical stage in the post-election period. For starters, the first post-election political-preference poll. According to a survey carried out by Ibris, Poles expressed their support as follows:
United Right: 36, PO 19, Petru 12, Kukiz 10, United Left 6, Razem 5, PSL 4 and Korwin 4.
Noteworthy is that PO fared worse in the survey than in both the last pre-election poll and in the election itself. Petru has moved ahead and may soon match or eclipse PO.
The ZL (excommies) have lost some support. Razem would have made it into the Sejm but the PSL would not.
The losers are busy badmouthing, contesting, deriding, provoking and sticking their big nose in the cabinet-forming process which is none of their business. Szydło said Gowin would be defence minister, Kaczyński will run things from the backseat, Macierewicz hysteria is being whipped up, Duda chose the wrong date for the first Sejm session because Poland won't be represented at a EU summit, bla-bla-bla, etc., etc., ad nauseam.
Szydło did not say Gowin would be def. min., only that he was a candidate. Neither the law nor the constitution stipulates how a government is chosen by the winning side. The ex-commies won the 1993 election but their leader did not head up the govt because they but Pawlak into the PM's seat, as was their right. The AWS did make their leader Krzaklewski the PM but chose an outsider Buzek.
It was Tusk, who closely follows the Polish poltical scene and knows 11th Nov. is a public holdiay who set the 12th Nov. date for the summit. Was this deliberate sabotage -- another PO spanner hurled into the works?
If the losers showed a but of goodwill, Poland could be represented at the summit. Kopacz could submit her resignation in writing and attend the summit later in the day. She could even do so in person and be flown to Malta -- it isn't Vancouver! But for that to happen some PO goodwill would be needed -- a commodity in extremely short supply amongst those embitteredadn vindictive losers.
Rather than stoking the flames of the Polish-Polish war, as they have been for the past decade, the Platformers would do beter to clean up their own act. Their party is fraught wtih factionalism, is unravelling at the seams and quite likely their support base will soon be eclipsed by by Petru's Nowoczesna.