Poland's ruling party on Saturday dismissed a growing wave of criticism from overseas and worries at home that an overhaul of the Supreme Court would undermine judicial independence.
The ruling Law and Justice party defends the changes as reforms to a justice system that party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski says was never purged of former communists after that system collapsed in 1989.
In the early hours of Saturday senators of the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party approved a bill that would end all the terms of Supreme Court justices except those hand-picked by the justice minister.
"You must use all means to take back what we achieved for you", he told a crowd that included young Poles.
Even before the Senate voted on the measure, Duda posted a tweet announcing that he'll meet with the president of the Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, on Monday at 11 a.m.
The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary has said the situation in Poland is "very grave".
Orban said that "at this moment, the main target of the inquisition, the example of national governance to be weakened, destroyed and broken is Poland". The tribunal has already been put under the influence of the ruling conservative party.
Orban says the EU leadership is encroaching on EU member states' rights and trying to apply policies, such as increased immigration, which are opposed by most Europeans.
Critics at home and overseas say the legislation is part of a drift towards authoritarianism by the government, which espouses nationalist rhetoric coupled with left-leaning economic policy.Читайте также: General Electric Makes Progress on Cost-Cutting
Poland's Senate approved the measure early Saturday, capping days of debate and demonstrations.
"I have written to the President of Poland. calling on him to exercise his power of veto over new legislation that will undermine the independence of the Polish judiciary", chair of the Bar of England and Wales, Andrew Langdon, said.
On Saturday, presidential spokesman Krzysztof Lapinski said Duda sees some flaws in the new legislation on the Supreme Court.
Poland is poised to dissolve a key separation of government powers, as President Andrzej Duda is expected to sign a bill that puts the nation's Supreme Court under the control of the ruling party, despite citizens' protests and pleas from allies in the European Union and U.S.
A pro-democracy movement in Poland said that former President and democracy icon Lech Walesa will join a protest they are holding against the law in his hometown of Gdansk on the Baltic coast.
The bill will go to parliament's upper house on Friday, where PiS has an absolute majority.
The law, among other things, provides for the dismissal of Supreme court judges, except those appointed by the President and gives the President the power to direct the activities of the courts.
"Politically, they move us back in time and space - backward and to the East", he added, seeking an urgent meeting with the Polish president Andrzej Duda whose signature would finalise the approved law. Critics say that will kill off judicial independence.
The reform bill will empower parliament and the justice minister to appoint judges to the Supreme Court.The opposition, critics in Brussels and judges' groups in Poland say the legislation is a new step by the Polish government towards authoritarianism.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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