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.