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Constitutional Tribunal rules on judges

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Roberto Galea 03.12.2015 14:59
The Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Thursday that the election of two new judges by the previous Civic Platform (PO) government was unconstitutional.
Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

What is unconstitutional is a provision to the act relating to the Tribunal, insofar that the previous government should not have elected two new judges early because their term ended in December.

The appointment of three other judges, who replaced others whose term ended in November, is in line with the Constitution, the ruling on Thursday decreed.

Four new Constitutional Tribunal judges were sworn in by Polish President Andrzej Duda, just hours following a voting in the Sejm late on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Tribunal convened to rule on a decision by the former government to elect five judges to the Tribunal.

Supporters and opponents of changes to the Constitutional Tribunal protested outside the building on Thursday to voice their frustrations over what they felt were inconsisitencies with the Polish Constitution. The protesters chanted "Save Poland", and "Save the Constitution." (rg/rk)

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