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Poland's parliament speaker steps down amid private flights scandal

Poland’s parliament speaker said on Thursday that he would resign after it was revealed that he used government aircraft for private trips, Reuters reports.

Poland's parliament speaker steps down amid private flights scandal

Poland's parliament speaker steps down amid private flights scandal

STEPANAKERT, AUGUST 8,  ARTSAKHPRESSWith elections set for October, the affair is said to have embarrassed the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, which has said it is cleaning up an alleged legacy of corruption and communist influence tolerated by previous governments.

“I plan to submit my resignation tomorrow,” Marek Kuchcinski told a news conference alongside PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, three days after the speaker apologised for using a government Gulfstream jet for 23 flights with his family.

“We believe that given we are building very high standards in public life, conclusions must be drawn and above all we need to listen to public opinion,” said Kaczynski, who has no formal government post but is seen as Poland’s most powerful figure.


     

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