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Protesting MPs have to be brought to order: top parliamentary official

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Victoria Bieniek 05.01.2017 14:09
A deputy speaker of the Polish parliament hopes security guards will intervene if the government does not reach a compromise with protesting MPs amid a political crisis.
Stanisław Tyszka. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak.Stanisław Tyszka. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak.

Stanisław Tyszka, from the opposition Kukiz ’15, said his grouping wants the next session of parliament, which is scheduled for 11 January, to be held in the plenary hall, which is currently being blocked by a sit-in protest of opposition MPs.

“The plenary hall is the place to hold debates and votes,” Tyszka said in an interview with Polish Radio, adding: “I hope the sides of the conflict will reach a compromise”.

If the compromise is not achieved, Tyszka said he “hopes” parliamentary security guards will intervene.

“I want to call on Law and Justice to uphold the dignity of the Sejm and not to run away from the plenary hall. We have to bring to order those MPs who do not behave in a parliamentary way,” Tyszka said.

Opposition MPs have been staging a sit-in protest since 16 December, when they stormed the rostrum after a deputy was excluded from a debate about the budget.

Their protest continues to block parliament's plenary hall.

The protesting MPs said that they will remain in parliament until a budget vote, which was held in an ancillary room of parliament, is repeated.

According to some opposition MPs, not all were allowed into the ancillary hall and a quorum was not met.

High-ranking PiS officials have denied such claims and said there is no need to repeat the vote. (vb)

Source: IAR

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