Sejm against dismissing interior minister

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Interior Minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz
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Poland’s lower house of parliament rejected the second no confidence motion filed by opposition party Law and Justice, this time against Interior Minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz. The minister got 235 votes in support, while 213 MPs voted in favor of the motion.

The only MP to abstain from the vote was Waldemar Pawlak, a former prime minister and former leader of the Polish People’s Party (PSL). Speaking to the Sejm earlier on Friday, he suggested moving the vote to July 22, but his proposal was rejected by the assembly.

Pawlak said that in his opinion the voting should not be conducted at a time when the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau is investigating a case involving PSL politicians. A break in the session followed, during which the party’s parliamentary caucus discussed the issue together with the prime minister.

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