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Parliament will convene in ancillary room, amid crisis: party spokeswoman

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Roberto Galea 03.01.2017 07:46
Parliament will convene in an ancillary room on 11 January if the opposition continues to protest inside the plenary hall, the spokeswoman for the governing PiS party has said.
The building of the Parliament in Warsaw. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsThe building of the Parliament in Warsaw. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Polish parliament is currently on recess until 11 January.

“On 11 January members of Law and Justice [PiS] and the United Right will return to Parliament, and we hope to return to work as normal; certainly we will try to work in the plenary hall,” party spokeswoman, Beata Mazurek, said on Monday.

She added that that she hopes that by that time, opposition parties Nowoczesna and Civic Platform will stop occupying the plenary hall, where they have been staging a sit in protest since 16 December.

Protesting MPs have said that they will occupy the hall until a key vote on the 2017 budget is repeated. They stormed the rostrum of the parliament during a debate on the budget and the Speaker decided to move proceedings to another room.

PiS and a handful of MPs from other parties then passed the budget, in a series of events which was called “illegal” by the opposition, claiming its MPs were largely barred from taking part.

Top PiS members have denied that there were any irregularities with how the vote was conducted, and called the protest by the opposition “a coup attempt”.

Polish President Andrzej Duda has offered to mediate in the matter. (rg)

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