News 16 july — 19:32

Poles to rally against controversial judiciary reform

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Poland's opposition parties and rights activists are due to stage a protest in the capital Warsaw against the government's reform of the judiciary. BBC reports.

They say the bill, passed by the Senate on Saturday, will erode judges' independence and undermine democracy.

The bill gives MPs and the justice minister the power to appoint judges without consulting judicial circles.

The government says the move is needed because the judiciary is corrupt and serve only the interests of the elites.

The bill must still be signed by President Andrzej Duda in order to become law. He has given no indication that he plans to veto it.

Since it came to power in 2015, the government of the conservative, populist Law and Justice party (PiS), has passed a series of controversial reforms, triggering mass protests.

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