Polish PM Tusk: Wiretapping scandal may force early parliamentary elections

Prime Minister Donald Tusk does not rule out early elections “in the coming weeks” if the “crisis of trust” and “political stalemate” triggered by the ongoing scandal over wire-tapped recordings of top officials and a Wednesday police raid on a local newsroom deepen, Tusk said on Thursday.

Tusk disavowed direct responsibility for a Wednesday police raid on a local newsroom, but said he was prepared to pay a political price.

“I do not rule out that the [political] price will be a severe assessment of citizens in elections, which might perhaps take place in a few weeks. . . .if the country becomes locked in a political stalemate,” Tusk said of the outlook following the latest developments.

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