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Wprost - Poland | 06/03/2006

Lech Kaczynski's struggle for more presidential power

Katarzyna Nowicka and Michal Krzymowski analyse the balance of power between Polish President Lech Kaczynski and the government of Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz. They conclude that the PiS, which is the ruling party and the party of the President, has little chance of having the constitution amended to provide for more powers for the president because the leading opposition party 'Civic Platform' won't allow it. "The fact is that the constitution severely limits the head of state's sphere of responsibilities and powers... The president is too weak to actually govern, but strong enough to interfere in government... As the constitution stands now, a strong government is not in the president's interest because his powers increase in conflict situations... In this present term of office, Lech Kaczynski's role threatens to be limited to that of exercising friendly criticism of the actions of the government and the parliamentary majority. He would be condemned to colourlessness."

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