Duda could block govt again:


Pol­ish Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda has sug­gested he would again be pre­pared to use his veto power against the gov­ern­ing con­ser­va­tives, as he con­tin­ues to show an in­de­pen­dent streak.

In an in­ter­view Wed­nes­day he said he would not al­low the Law and Jus­tice (PiS) party to gain too much con­trol over the ju­di­ciary.

Duda had al­ready sur­prised ob­servers in July by ve­to­ing two out of three con­tro­ver­sial ju­di­cial bills in­tro­duced by the PiS, af­ter the legislation trig­gered mass street protests and con­cern from the Euro­pean Union over the rule of law.

On Tues­day, Duda sent over his own ver­sions of the bills to par­lia­ment, with one con­cern­ing the Supreme Court and the other the court watchdog KRS, which are de­signed to pro­tect the in­de­pen­dence of the courts.

Asked by the Dzi­en­nik Gazeta Prawna daily whether he would again re­sort to us­ing his veto in the fu­ture, Duda said: “I will not agree to hav­ing only one party choose ev­ery mem­ber of the Na­tional Ju­di­cial Coun­cil (KRS).”

His sum­mer ve­toes were viewed as the first act of in­de­pen­dence by Duda, who is a close ally of the PiS party and since his elec­tion in 2015 had rub­ber-stamped ev­ery­thing the con­ser­va­tives sent his way.


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