Elżbieta Witek commented on the rejection of her candidacy for Deputy Speaker of the Sejm. She assessed that this meant the exclusion of millions of voters who voted for Law and Justice. – It’s telling them that they have nothing to say here, that they don’t matter – said Witek.
On Monday, November 13, the inaugural session of the Sejm of the 10th term took place. During the election of new members of the Presidium of the Sejm – i.e. the Speaker and Vice-Marshals – there was a serious discrepancy.
PiS without its representative in the Presidium of the Sejm
Elżbieta Witek’s candidacy for Deputy Speaker of the Sejm on behalf of Law and Justice was rejected. All MPs from the Civic Coalition, Poland 2050, the Polish People’s Party, the Left, as well as some MPs from the Confederation voted against it.
It should be noted that Witek was the only one of the five candidates for deputy marshal who did not obtain the required majority in the vote. In this way, PiS became the only parliamentary club that does not have a representative in the Presidium of the Sejm.
Witek: It has nothing to do with democracy
On Wednesday, November 15, Witek referred to this in the “Gość Wiadomości” program on Telewizja Polska. In her opinion, Monday’s vote is proof that the term “democratic opposition” turned out to be just an empty slogan.
– Democracy, which the current total opposition so often talks about, fled through the main entrance to the Sejm when it heard that the current team was trying to invoke it. It has absolutely nothing to do with democracy. (…) These are just paper hearts attached to shirts. In fact, this heart can be torn, crushed or thrown into the trash. It is simply worm-infested, said Witek.
Witek: Exclusion of millions of Polish citizens
She announced that her party would not allow the current opposition to force it to nominate another candidate for Deputy Speaker of the Sejm.
She recalled that she was the longest-serving Speaker of the Sejm in the history of the Third Polish Republic and no motion to dismiss her from this position was ever submitted.
– The hate that was poured out on me (…) indicated that this would be the case. However, I am not a weak person. I never give up, I always fight until the end. It cannot be that the party for which almost 8 million people voted will not have a representative in the Presidium of the Sejm. (…) This is the exclusion of so many millions of Polish citizens. Telling them that they have nothing to say here, that they don’t matter. This is a really very bad prognosis for the future, said Witek.