Polish lawmaker resigns from commission over prostitution remarks

January 21st, 2009 - 1:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Warsaw, Jan 21 (DPA) Polish member of parliament Janusz Palikot has resigned as head of the Friendly State commission after insulting a former opposition minister, local media reported.His party had recommended that Palikot be taken off the commission after he accused Grazyna Gesicka of “prostitution” over the former minister’s alleged poor management of European Union funds for Poland.

Palikot said he did not agree with the recommendation, but did not want to put fellow party members in an “awkward situation”.

Palikot is well-known for his eccentric antics. He has faced charges of defamation for calling President Lech Kaczynski a “pig”.

He recently offered up a bloodied pig’s head during an appearance on late-night TV as a gift to the “Polish football federation mafia”, amid a spur between the federation and football’s world governing body FIFA over corruption in the sport.

The Friendly State commission works towards creating simpler laws, and less red-tape and bureaucracy.

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