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Polish PM Beata Szydlo replaced by finance minister

08 December 2017

Asked about a long-expected Cabinet reshuffle, Ryszard Terlecki, deputy Speaker of the Sejm and head of the parliamentary caucus of Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, told reporters that the name of the new head of government would "certainly" be made public later in the day.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party gives Prime Minister Beata Szydlo a kiss and a bunch of flowers after her government survived a vote in which the opposition was seeking to oust it, at the parliament building in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

Analysts say that although the talk of the government reshuffle has been going on for weeks, the replacement of Szydlo, a loyal party member who made few mistakes, is surprising.

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Asked if, halfway through the government's term in office, the ruling party chief, Jarosław Kaczyński, would replace Beata Szydło as prime minister, Terlecki said this "will transpire around noon".

The conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party swept to power in October 2015 in a landslide election victory, ending eight years of a government led by its archrival, the Civic Platform, now Poland's largest opposition grouping.

Before his nomination, he had also been serving as deputy prime minister.

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Deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin said the parliamentary vote to appoint Morawiecki as her successor has been set for Tuesday.

Further changes to the government are due in January, the PAP said.

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But although Poland's debt-to-GDP ratio stood at a relatively low 54% previous year, critics say it is bound to balloon.

PiS praised in a statement the "many successes were achieved in key areas of Polish life" during Szydlo's two-year premiership.

She is expected to stay on as a deputy prime minister in the PiS government, deputy foreign minister Jan Dziedziczak told the Polish PAP news agency.

Szydlo's government insisted that the reforms are needed to root out corruption and purge a judiciary it believes is stacked in favour of supporters of former prime minister Donald Tusk, who is now president of the European Council. The bills have been criticized by the European Union and others as an anti-democratic threat to Poland's rule of law.

Polish PM Beata Szydlo replaced by finance minister