Poland's candidate for premier absent as party chooses her Cabinet, fueling political rumors

Poland's candidate for prime minister has been on vacation in recent days recovering from an exhausting election campaign as members of her conservative Law and Justice party hold talks on forming her new Cabinet.

Beata Szydlo's absence from the key talks this week is fueling speculation she could end up a figurehead for longtime party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

The populist and Euroskeptic party swept to victory in a parliamentary election on Oct. 25, winning a majority that will allow it to govern alone.

Through the campaign there has been speculation over whether Szydlo, who campaigned as the party's candidate for prime minister, would end up truly ruling or if most power would lie with Kaczynski.

A controversial former prime minister, Kaczynski stayed in the background for much of the campaign.