Polish President to veto controversial law
July 24, Warsaw: The Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced that he is vetoing a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees.
According to reports this move by the president comses after three key judicial reforms were passed by Poland's parliament, prompting days of demonstrations across the country as before they became law, they required approval by the president.
These changes have also set Poland's right-wing government on a collision course with the European Union.The European Commission had threatened to impose sanctions this week if the reforms were not scrapped. European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, had warned of a "black scenario that could ultimately lead to the marginalisation of Poland in Europe".
President Duda had already intervened last week in an attempt to find a compromise and the laws went through parliament at the weekend. But his latest step is seen as marking a potential constitutional showdown with the government.
The Law and Justice (PiS) government rejected claims that the reforms were a move towards authoritarian rule.
The Oslo Times International News Network