Poles better off, says party chief after two years of conservative rule
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The leader of Poland’s ruling conservatives on Tuesday said Poles are better off as he summed up the first two years of the country’s government led by his Law and Justice (PiS) party.
PM Beata Szydło (left) and PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński during a press conference on Tuesday. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Jarosław Kaczyński thanked Prime Minister Beata Szydło for the achievements of her government at the midpoint of its term.
But his remarks were slammed by the opposition, which said the PiS government had caused bitter divisions in Poland.
Szydło’s administration was formed after Law and Justice came to power in a landslide parliamentary election win in late 2015.
At a joint press conference with Szydło on Tuesday, Kaczyński told reporters: “There is money available and despite all sorts of announcements that there would be some great collapse, we are able to conduct policies which serve a great many Polish families, those which previously did not benefit from the changes in Poland, from economic development."
Kaczyński pointed to the government’s 500+ program of state payouts designed to support families, and to moves to increase OAP pensions and to reduce unemployment.
“Poles are better off,” he said.
Economic growth strong
Poland’s central bank has revised upwards its GDP growth forecast for the country, saying it expected the economy to expand 4.2% this year.
The Polish economy grew 4.7% in the third quarter, the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, registered unemployment in Poland fell to a historic low of 6.6% in October.
During his joint press conference with Szydło, Kaczyński said: “The state needs to be reconstructed.”
He added that Poland needed further changes, which would require more than one term in office.
Szydło said that the family, development and security were key priorities for her government.
Speaking to public broadcaster TVP on Monday evening, Kaczyński said that "there is no doubt that the Polish state can accomplish things when it is in good hands.”