...but turkeys might not vote for Christmas.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the Law and Justice (PiS) minority government, told a rally, Saturday, that his party will be seeking to dissolve parliament.
He said that he prefers a date before the summer. “"We will submit this motion (to dissolve parliament) shortly so that elections could take place before the Pope's visit to Poland,." That means before the end of May.
One month ago PiS signed a ‘stability pact’ with two smaller, populist parties so that they could get essential and wide ranging legislation through parliament.
But the pact has become unreliable, says the government. "We want to strengthen democracy. When conflicts cannot be solved in parliament they should be solved by citizens," said Kaczynski, whose twin brother Lech is Poland's president.
To successfully dissolve parliament the government needs a two-thirds majority. This means that they need votes from the opposition Civic Platform, which PiS are currently neck and neck with in the opinion polls.
The dissolution also needs the support of at least one other party. But support probably won’t be coming from the two parties that the government signed the stability pact with – League of Polish Families and SelfDefense.
Leader of the latter, Andzej Lepper – who’s party has around five percent in the opinion polls at the moment, meaning that SelfDefense might not get into parliament after another election - is, not surprisingly, none too keen on going to the voters: “I will absolutely not support this motion. The government enjoys support, we have a parliamentary majority, so why all the manipulation?", he said.
So we just might be in a situation where a government wants an election and the opposition say, “Nope, not interested.”
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Posted by beatroot at 3/19/2006