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Polish President Duda to Veto Reform Bills That Triggered Protests

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said Monday that he would veto two of three bills passed by parliament in a judicial reform that has triggered nationwide street protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicization of the courts.

Duda is an ally of the ruling right-wing, euroskeptic Law and Justice (PiS) party and, although he had threatened to water down one of the bills, his veto of a second bill was a surprise.

“I have decided that I will send back to the Sejm (lower house of parliament) – which means I will veto – the bill on the Supreme Court, as well as the one on the National Council of the Judiciary,” Duda said.

On Saturday, the upper house had given final approval to a bill that would remove all current Supreme Court judges immediately except those hand-picked by the justice minister.




Image: Protesters in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw.

Protesters in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw.