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Newsweek Polska - Poland | Thursday, November 26, 2015

PiS brings Constitutional Court into line

The Polish Parliament on Wednesday declared the nomination of five Constitutional Court judges appointed in October invalid. With this move the governing PiS has brought the legislative power in the country entirely under its control, writes the liberal news magazine Newsweek Polska: "The PiS already has the absolute majority in parliament, a first since 1989. And it put forward the president, who signs all the legislation into law almost without reservations. The Constitutional Court was the last hurdle preventing the party from completely appropriating law-making in the country. Until now it could at least have been appealed to if the PiS used the law to dismantle democracy. However, now that the PiS largely determines the composition of the court, it is no longer a guardian of the law and the constitution. Rather it's just one more cog in the power machine that runs on Nowogrodzka Street [the headquarters of the PiS]."

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