Polish Parliament Speaker to resign on Friday over flight shaming

Warsaw, Aug 8 The Speaker of the lower house of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) is set to resign on Friday over a scandal of using government aircraft for private trips with his family.

“I plan to submit my resignation tomorrow,” Marek Kuchcinski told a press conference on Thursday.

According to Polish Press Agency, Sejm will select a new Speaker at its Friday sitting.Kuchcinski said he had not broken the law and that the flights were related to his official duties. “Because public opinion negatively evaluates my behaviour, I decided that I would not be able to fulfil this function,” he was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Opposition parties are calling for his head, but Kuchciński, a senior member of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, rejected demands for his resignation, saying that the flights were a necessary part of his job.
Kuchcinski admitted that he took his family along on 23 flights. He said on one of the flights his wife was even travelling alone.

He said that “the high number of flights he took as Speaker was determined by the large number of meetings with residents, often of small towns, that he had held during his term in office”.

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