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President wants constitutional referendum
May 18, 2017   
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A proposal by President Andrzej Duda to run a referendum on the need for constitutional amendments was his own independent initiative, designed to prove independence from the governing party Law and Justice (PiS), but the idea quickly took root amongst party leaders hoping to engineer a boost for local government elections, due in late 2018.
The party could plan the ballot for November 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of Polish independence following WWI. The party's local structures will support the referendum drive, accoprding to a participant in a meeting between party national and regional leadership.
PiS is hoping to take control over regional assemblies in the election; they control only one of sixteen today.
However, Poles find President lacking in independence and are unconvinced by his proposal to hold a referendum on constitutional change, a survey carried out on May 11-12 by IBRiS pollster for the daily Rzeczpospolita showed. Some 46% of the surveyed think the President is not fulfilling his election campaign vows, while 44% are of the opposite opinion. Duda's performance as head of Polish armed forces is negatively assessed by 55% of the surveyed. The referendum initiative is viewed negatively by 50% of Poles.
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