The ministry of family and social policy may fall to the New Left – according to Wirtualna Polska’s findings. Marlena Maląg may be replaced by MP Katarzyna Kotula.
Coalition negotiations are underway between the Civic Coalition, Third Way and the New Left regarding the formation of the future government. Everything indicates that the latter group will delegate the current head of the parliamentary club, Krzysztof Gawkowski, to Donald Tusk’s cabinet, who will take over the portfolio of deputy prime minister and minister of digitalization. Wirtualna Polska’s findings show that the New Left delegates a woman to the government. Who exactly? Katarzyna Kotula has the greatest chance to replace Marlena Maląg in the Ministry of Family and Social Policy.
Kotula for Maląg?
The upcoming term of office of the Sejm will be the second in which Kotula holds a parliamentary mandate (she received over 33,000 votes in the Gdańsk constituency). In the previous term of office of the lower house of parliament, it was, among others, member of the Social Policy and Family Committee.
Other MPs from the New Left who may be in the government include Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk. It would cover the Ministry of Education. However, this option does not arouse enthusiasm among the other coalition partners, who believe that Dziemianowicz-Bąk “will be too radical.” Similar allegations were made against Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, who – according to Wirtualna Polska – was presented as a candidate for the head of the Ministry of Culture. Ultimately, however, it did not gain acceptance.
Regardless of the final arrangements, it is certain that the New Left – apart from Gawkowski – will appoint a woman to the government. – We wanted a woman to represent us in the government, but Donald Tusk also asked us to do so. It will definitely be a woman, we have great candidates for ministers – an important Left politician tells the portal.
If Katarzyna Kotula heads the family ministry, she will be the fourth woman to head this ministry. Before Marlena Maląg, these were Barbara Borys-Szopa and Elżbieta Rafalska.