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President signed controversial law
December 22, 2017   
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President Andrzej Duda did sign the controversial bills reforming the judiciary three hours after the European Commission recommended launching the Article 7 procedure against Poland for breaching the common values of the rule of law, Rzeczpospolita daily writes.
Duda crossed the red line drawn by the European Commission, the daily Gazeta Wyborcza contends, calling the signing of the judiciary bills into law "a beginning of a drift towards East" in an editorial.
The ruling party Law and Justice (PiS)'s amendments to the presidential judiciary draft bills did change Duda's proposal, but to an extent that still allowed him to sign the bills as his main postulates had been preserved, The State Tribunal's member and former PiS senator Piotr Andrzejewski commented for Rzeczpospolita.
The bills on the National Judiciary Council (KRS) and Supreme Court are constitutional, Andrzejewski argues, quoting the legislative power's rights to make decisions on the judiciary power mentioned in the Polish constitution.
President should not have signed the judiciary bills on the National Judiciary Council (KRS) and Supreme Court, 53% of respondents questioned by the polling institute IBRiS said in a survey discussed by the daily Rzeczpospolita. 34% of respondents were of an opposite opinion, while 13% took no stand.
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