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The Polish gov't, having lost the cooperation of MPs from the centre-right Agreement Party last night, now faces the prospect of requiring votes from independents and small parties in the opposition to get a controversial media law passed in the Sejm (parliament). The loss of the gov'ts majority leaves Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's administration vulnerable to a vote of no confidence, even if the media law is passed.
Chart 1. Polish Sejm, Seats
Source: sejm.gov.pl, MNI
- After a debate in the Sejm, the LexTVN bill - which would bar non-EEA firms owning majority stakes in TV stations, and is being viewed by critics as an attack on press freedoms given TVN's frequent criticism of the gov't - returned to the Culture and Media Committee for them to consider amendments at 1330 local time. After this, the bill will return to the Sejm for its third reading and final vote.
- The gov't has expressed its intent to win the votes of individual members of the Agreement party (five of their votes will be needed to secure a majority of one). Agreement left the gov't last night after party leader and Deputy PM Jarosław Gowin was fired for criticising the bill.
- The Agreement party has 12 members who are now non-affiliated to any group in the opposition, while one caucuses with the centre-right Polish Affairs group.