Poland’s se­nate ap­proves con­tro­ver­sial court re­form

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

WARSAW: Poland’s se­nate ap­proved a con­tro­ver­sial re­form of the Supreme Court early yes­ter­day, de­spite warn­ings from the Euro­pean Union, ap­peals from Wash­ing­ton and mas­sive street protests against the mea­sure. The leg­is­la­tion, which was pushed through by par­lia­ment Wed­nes­day, was ap­proved by 55 sen­a­tors, with 23 op­posed and two ab­sten­tions. Dur­ing the 15hour de­bate thou­sands of demon­stra­tors took to the streets na­tion­wide to protest the law, which re­in­forces po­lit­i­cal con­trol over the Supreme Court. The re­form of the Supreme Court, which su­per­vises lower courts, still needs to be signed by Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda, him­self from the rul­ing con­ser­va­tive Law and Jus­tice (PiS) party, to be­come law.

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