Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the de-facto leader of Poland’s ruing Law and Justice party, has been brought into the government as Deputy Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Kaczynski’s presence will strengthen his administration.

Kaczynski will supervise the defence, justice and interior ministries, all key security departments.

Kaczynski, 71, was prime minister from 2006 to 2007 and has led his party since it came to power in 2015.

The move is seen as an attempt by the prime minister to consolidate his position as a likely successor to Kaczynski.

His ambition is threatened by the leader of a junior coalition party who is considered more hard line than the Law and Justice party, which has frequently tangled with the European Commission over such issues as LGBT rights and the independence of the judiciary.

Meanwhile, Poland’s economy is expected to resume its growth to 2.8 percent in 2021, following a drop of 4.2 percent as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The 2019 growth figure was estimated at 4.2 percent.

FILE PHOTO: Jaroslaw Kaczynski Reuters