Poland: Tusk left-liberal government breaks campaign promise as government bloat rapidly expands

Despite Donald Tusk’s pledges to slim down the government, the number of ministers and deputy ministers continues to rise, surpassing 120 names

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
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The new Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, center, with members of his government, poses for cameras at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The new left-liberal government under Donald Tusk, which had promised a leaner cabinet structure, seems to be expanding rather than contracting. Contrary to the Civic Coalition’s (KO) famous list of 100 promises for the first 100 days in office, which included reducing the number of ministers and deputy ministers, the count now exceeds 120 individuals.

Social media users, like Emilia Kamińska on X platform, have highlighted the discrepancy by posting a list of all 121 government members, including ministers and their deputies, showcasing the government’s deviation from its initial promises.

It is worth noting that the previous conservative administration under Mateusz Morawiecki was record-setting in its size at one point, with the council of ministers exceeding 100 people. The Tusk government was expected to be “leaner,” yet it seems to have surpassed its predecessors. Specifically, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs alone boasts seven deputy ministers, while the finance minister is supported by six deputies.

Just a few days ago, RMF FM commercial radio reported the new government comprised 112 ministers and deputy ministers. However, this number has quickly risen beyond 120, starkly contrasting with KO’s pledge to reduce the administrative bloat.

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