September 11, 2014 / 12:18 PM / in 4 years

Polish president accepts resignation of Brussels-bound PM Tusk

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski accepted the government’s resignation on Thursday, clearing the way for Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take up the new job of head of the European Council later this year.

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland at the World War Two Westerplatte Memorial in Gdansk September 1, 2014 REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

The president will invite parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz, the ruling coalition’s candidate for prime minister, to meet him for talks on forming a new government.

Under Poland’s constitution, the president nominates a prime minister. The prime minister-designate forms a new cabinet which is then submitted to a vote of confidence in parliament. The ruling coalition has a small majority in the legislature.

Reporting by Wiktor Szary; Writing by Marcin Goclowski; Editing by Christian Lowe

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