Poland opposition boycotts parliament independence day centennial

By: Reuters | Warsaw |
Published: July 14, 2018 9:24:33 am

Leaders of opposition party Nowoczesna Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz and Katarzyna Lubnauer carry the copies of Polish Constitution as they leave after boycotting the special joint session of Polish parliament, July 13, 2018. (Reuters)

Three Polish opposition parties boycotted a special session of parliament on Friday to mark the centennial of independence, in protest against changes by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party they see as undermining democracy.

Since taking office in late 2015, PiS has been accused by the European Union, rights groups and the domestic political opposition of undercutting the rule of law.

The EU has launched an unprecedented punitive procedure against the largest ex-communist state in the bloc and a leading European rights organisation on Friday said Warsaw was risking…

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