: Duda calls Poland's constitutional crisis a ‘political problem'
Politics10:36 Mar. 16, 2016

Duda calls Poland's constitutional crisis a ‘political problem'

EU, US, and rights groups have been criticizing Polish president's Eurosceptic Law and Justice party

Polish President Andrzej Duda is in the Czech Republic this week. Duda has received words of support from his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman.

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Duda's Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party has been criticized by the EU, US and rights groups since it swept to power in October.

"I expressed my opinion that the Polish government came into being after free elections and it has full right to fulfil arrangements which from these elections gave the mandate for and that it shouldn't face the moralizing criticism of the European Union", Milos Zeman says. 

Over the weekend hundreds of Poles marched through Warsaw demanding their government to respect the constitution. Earlier Poland's constitutional court said the government's decision to increase the number of its judges needed to make rulings was illegal.

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"I can only say this much that we indeed have a problem, but this is more of a political problem than legal, a problem caused by the current opposition when they were still in power in Poland, just before the election. A problem in which unfortunately the constitutional court has joined and today I truly have no doubts that there is a need to find a solution, I repeat - in order to resolve a political crisis, which has been caused by the current opposition and I expect that we will be able to find a solution, that Poles will be able to sit down at one table and work out a solution acceptable for all sides", Polish President Andrzej Duda says. 

The government on Saturday (March 16) repeated its refusal to publish the constitutional court's ruling in an official journal, saying the ruling itself was illegal and effectively leaving the court order in legal limbo

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