The choice of the Polish prime minister as the next European Council president will mean a new government in Poland and a sea change in domestic politics as Donald Tusk prepares to head off to Brussels.
Under the Polish constitution, Tusk’s resignation as prime minister means the government as a whole has to resign. President Bronislaw Komorowski will then name a candidate for a new prime minister, who will have to secure a vote of confidence from parliament.
Tusk’s ruling Civic Platform (PO) will have problems in finding a successor of similar stature to replace Tusk, who was the face of the party’s successful parliamentary election campaigns in 2011 and 2007 and a dominant figure in Polish politics for the seven years he has been in power.
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