: Radio Poland: Poles celebrates Constitution Day

16:42 May. 3, 2016

Radio Poland: Poles celebrates Constitution Day

Polish President Andrzej Duda meets with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (not seen) on April 27, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal (Getty Images)

President Andrzej Duda calls for the country's constitution to be examined and a "new solution" drawn up

Constitution Day, a public holiday when the country celebrates a historic document adopted on 3 May, 1791.

Poles proudly point out that the document was the first modern constitution in Europe and the second worldwide, following the American Constitution, which was created in 1787.

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Echoing an address a day earlier by Jarosław Kaczyński, the head of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Duda said the country's current constitution was a "constitution of a time of transition" adding that it "should be examined, a thorough evaluation carried out and a new solution drawn up." 

The president stressed this should be done in consultation with Polish society, trade unions, NGOs, MPs and senators.

Duda on Tuesday morning took part in a patriotic Catholic Mass at St. John's Archcathedral in Warsaw. He also handed out state orders at the capital's Royal Castle.

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The Order of the White Eagle, the country's oldest and most important honour, was awarded to six people, including former athlete and seven-time Olympic medallist Irena Szewińska, film score composer Michał Lorenc, and communist-era oppositionist Zofia Romaszewska. Full story


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