Ruling party presents candidate for Ombudsman

Ryszard Terlecki, the head of the parliamentary caucus of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party announced that Piotr Wawrzyk, a deputy Foreign Minister, will be their candidate for the position of Poland’s ombudsman (RPO).

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“This is not a secret anymore that it will be Piotr Wawrzyk, a current deputy Foreign Minister. This is a person that should not cause any significant controversies and objections of the opposition,” Mr Terlecki told commercial Wnet radio.

The candidacy of Mr Wawrzyk will be submitted over upcoming days, according to him, the deadline to do so is December 29.

The term of Adam Bodnar, the incumbent RPO, expired on September 9. MPs have already tried to elect his successor twice. Each time the candidate was Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz. Her candidacy was submitted by the opposition Civic Coalition and the Left. She has the support of more than a thousand NGOs, but the ruling party did not vote for her candidacy.