Polish ministers and speaker resign in Polish leak scandal

Important Polish political figures resign over leak of secret records

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Three Polish government ministers and a parliament speaker have resigned following a wiretapping scandal, Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announced on Wednesday.

The officials were secretly taped during restaurant meetings in Warsaw as they were discussing private deals and promotions in 2013-2014.

Polish news magazine Wpost published the transcripts of the secret records last June including one in which Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski allegedly describes Poland's US ties as "worthless" and says that British Prime Minister David Cameron is “incompetent” in EU affairs.

Sikorski used vulgar language when he describing the political issues in the records. When asked he didn't deny using such language.

The treasury, sports, health ministers and Parliamentary Speaker Radoslaw Sikorski submitted their resignation. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announced the resignations just four months before Poland’s upcoming general elections, with the government losing its popularity.

"As long as I am the prime minister, I will not allow for political games over the tapes," Mrs Kopacz said on Wednesday.

"Today, on behalf of Civic Platform, I extend my heartfelt apologies to party supporters, who listened to the tapes with disgust and irritation," she added.

Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz was recorded requesting the country's central bank chief to give the economy a boost to help the government get re-elected in another tape.  

Prime Minister Kopacz also said that she will fire the prosecutor of the probe,  Andrzej Seremet, due to the slow pace of progress and classified files from the investigation being leaked this week.

In related news, Poland’s Law and Justice Party (PİS) conservative opposition party has gained ground according to opinion polls. It is suggested that it could winner of the autumn general election.

TRTWorld and agencies