Poland's parliament voted in favour of Donald Tusk becoming prime minister, putting an end to eight years of nationalist rule and setting the stage for a thawing of relations with the European Union (EU).
Earlier in the day, former prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki of the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party lost a vote of confidence. PiS undermined judicial independence, turned state-owned media into a propaganda outlet and fomented prejudice against minorities such as immigrants and the LGBTQ community in Poland.
The attacks against LGBTQ rights in Poland gained pace eight years ago when ruling ultra conservative party PiS launching a tirade of abuse towards the country’s LGBTQ community as a key part of its government. Party leader and former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski directly targeted LGBTQ people in frequent demonising speeches.
Because PiS, Poland has seen tens of billions of euros of European Union funds frozen due to a dispute with Brussels over democratic standards, but Tusk, a former European Council president, has vowed to mend relations and unblock the cash.
Speaking in the Polish parliament after winning the vote to become prime minister, Donald Tusk thanked Poles and said his new government will “right the wrongs” so that everyone “can feel at home.”
A new era begins in Poland!
Bye-bye Morawiecki and Kaczynski