After much political wrangling, the election was ultimately postponed until the summer.
Kaczyński appears to be trying to reposition his party to gain wider public appeal after elections last year and this year showed Law and Justice remained Poland’s most popular party but without overwhelming support in the country’s deeply divided society.
Critically, young Poles tend to support parties that are either socially liberal or on the far right, which poses a problem for Law and Justice’s continued dominance in the future.
The party’s presidential candidate, Andrzej Duda, won reelection in July, but only barely, with 51%, and thanks to strong support from older rural voters.
There is also an ideological struggle within the coalition ranks that pits hard-liners like Ziobro against relatively more moderate conservatives, like Gowin.
The strains broke into the open this week as Kaczyński led talks on reshuffling the government with the aim of reducing the number of government ministries for…