Thousands march against Polish govt as constitutional spat drags on

Thousands march against Polish govt as constitutional spat drags on

WARSAW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands marched through Warsaw on Saturday to protest against what they called the "democratorship" of the month-old conservative government, as Poland remained locked in a constitutional crisis.

Waving Polish & European Union flags, the protesters chanted: "We want the constitution, not a revolution," demanding that the government respect the rule of law.

The constitutional clash began when the eurosceptic Law & Justice (PiS) party, which scored a landmark election win in October, appointed five out of 15 judges to the highest judicial body, in a move the opposition described as illegal.

PiS has said judges in the constitutional court need to be replaced to ensure the balance of power in the body.

Gaining control of the court is crucial for the party. It may determine whether PiS is able to implement its flagship policy plans, such as overhauling the retirement system & curbing foreign ownership of banks, moves the court could block.

(Reporting by Wiktor Szary; editing by Andrew Roche)

Source: “Reuters”