Poland's opposition wants defense minister dismissed
Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, left, talks with General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of NATO troops in Europe, during an official welcoming ceremony for the new force that also includes British, Romanian and other troops, in Orzysz, northeastern Poland, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
WARSAW, Poland — The leader of Poland’s main opposition party is calling for the dismissal of Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, saying his actions and choice of aides raise security questions.
Grzegorz Schetyna said Friday his Civic Platform party is filing a motion in parliament for a no-confidence vote on Macierewicz.
He said there are ‘many reasons’ why Macierewicz should go, including his two aides who were treated in a ‘privileged’ way despite lacking proper qualifications for their sensitive jobs.
One was dismissed under pressure from the ruling party’s leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the other one resigned Thursday.
Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said she was not considering Macierewicz’s dismissal.
Macierewicz survived a no-confidence vote last year, thanks to the ruling party’s majority in parliament.