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Polish president respects Tribunal decision on public gatherings: spokesman

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Roberto Galea 17.03.2017 07:38
Polish President Andrzej Duda maintains his doubts, but respects a decision by the Constitutional Tribunal to green-light a bill on limiting public gatherings, a presidential spokesman has said.
Presidential spokesman Marek Magierowski. Photo: PAP/Radek PietruszkaPresidential spokesman Marek Magierowski. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

On Thursday Poland’s top court approved a controversial bill limiting public gatherings, which President Duda declined to sign late last year.

The government bill gives priority to gatherings organised by public authorities, churches and religious groups and enables regional authorities to give three-year permits for regular gatherings at a given site, bans counter-rallies from taking place in the same place as public assemblies, and enforces a minimum 100-metre distance between gatherings.

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Thursday that the regularly organised gatherings do not violate the country’s constitution.

“The president reiterates his concerns about the law, which made him send it to the Constitutional Tribunal,” presidential spokesman Marek Magierowski said.

“On the other hand … the president respects the judgement of the Constitutional Tribunal and will act in accordance with the Constitution,” he added. (rg/pk)

Source: PAP

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