Head of junior Poland coalition party quits over election plan

WARSAW (Reuters) – Accord, a junior party in Poland’s ruling coalition, will stay in government, its head Jaroslaw Gowin said on Monday, but he said he was quitting as he opposes the country holding a presidential election in May, when its coronavirus outbreak is expected to peak.

The biggest party in the conservative alliance, the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS), plans to hold the election on May 10 as scheduled.

But Accord and a number of opposition politicians have said it is too dangerous for voters then. Accord’s move marks the biggest crisis in the ruling alliance so far.

“I am resigning… since I think the election cannot be held on May 10… Accord will remain a member” of the coalition, Gowin told a news conference.

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