Poland's prime minister resigns

 Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki offered his conservative government's resignation on Monday as required as the newly elected parliament met for the first time in a transition of power following an election last month.

An alliance of pro-European Union parties vowing to restore democratic standards won a parliamentary majority in the Oct. 15 election and are expected to take power, but they will still have to wait, perhaps up to four weeks. Their candidate for prime minister is Donald Tusk, the centrist and pro-EU former prime minister.

Poland's conservative President Andrzej Duda, who is allied with Morawiecki's right-wing Law and Justice party, is asking Morawiecki to try to build another government and will reappoint him as a prime minister candidate on Monday evening.

Morawiecki in an address to parliament expressed a desire to build a new government that transcends party divisions. When he appealed for support, his critics responded with laughter.

Duda, whose term runs for another year and a half, is expected to have a difficult relationship with the new legislature. He has already angered the winning coalition by asking Morawiecki to try to build a government.

Duda called on the legislature to rise above divisions but warned that he would use his power of the presidential veto to defend "controversial" solutions.

"The constitutional order must be preserved, I will not agree to any circumvention or bending of the law," Duda said, to some laughter. Law and Justice and Duda himself have been accused by critics of violating procedures in recent years.

Tusk and his allies accuse Duda of disrespecting the will of the voters by not giving it a first chance at governing. His coalition vows to rebuild the...

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