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Poland: Hundreds rally demanding Duda veto judicial reform in Warsaw02:13

Poland: Hundreds rally demanding Duda veto judicial reform in Warsaw

Poland, Warsaw
July 23, 2017 at 20:02 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Sunday, calling for President Andrzej Duda to reject the new judicial reform bill, which seeks to transfer the power to appoint Supreme Court judges from judges to parliament.

Protesters waved Polish and European Union flags and chanted “Constitution!” and “Merchants!”.

On Saturday, the upper house of the Polish parliament approved a bill which will empower parliament and the justice minister to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. The bill awaits the signature of President Andrzej Duda.

Protests broke out in over 100 cities across Poland over the weekend denouncing the bill and the European Union has issued warnings that judicial independence is at risk. Duda is due to meet the high court's chief justice on Monday according to a Senate statement.

Poland: Hundreds rally demanding Duda veto judicial reform in Warsaw02:13
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Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Sunday, calling for President Andrzej Duda to reject the new judicial reform bill, which seeks to transfer the power to appoint Supreme Court judges from judges to parliament.

Protesters waved Polish and European Union flags and chanted “Constitution!” and “Merchants!”.

On Saturday, the upper house of the Polish parliament approved a bill which will empower parliament and the justice minister to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. The bill awaits the signature of President Andrzej Duda.

Protests broke out in over 100 cities across Poland over the weekend denouncing the bill and the European Union has issued warnings that judicial independence is at risk. Duda is due to meet the high court's chief justice on Monday according to a Senate statement.

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