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New Polish gov't to be appointed on Monday afternoon: president's spokesman

11 Décembre 2017

Critics say judicial independence in Poland already been compromised, but that Friday's bills would complete what they see as Law and Justice's takeover of the courts and the death knell for Poland's democracy.

Poland's state PAP news agency has quoted sources in Duda's office as saying that senior presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski has been offered the post of foreign minister in the new Morawiecki government.

"A person that can directly talk to any interlocutor in the world will help to deny that (negative) image of Poland", Wojciech Szarama, a member of the party's political leadership, told The Associated Press. The Supreme Court confirms election results and is the court of last appeal in Poland.

President Andrzej Duda will hold the swearing-in at the Presidential Palace on yesterday afternoon.

But only small groups of anti-government protesters demonstrated Friday, facing changes that appeared to be unstoppable.

Law and Justice says it has a democratic mandate to reform the judicial system, which it says was never properly purged after communism fell and describes as deeply corrupt and inefficient.

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The bill relating to the Supreme Court would lower the mandatory retirement age for justices from 70 to 65 and thus force dozens of the 87 justices to step down unless they obtained suspensions from Poland's president.

The new Supreme Court would also have the power to review and overturn verdicts from courts at all levels going back 20 years based on citizen complaints. Candidates would be suggested by groups of citizens or judges, and confirmed by lawmakers.

"It's about knowing the people, knowing the language and knowing the business circles", Szarama said.

Perhaps the most critical point of controversy has been the way Law and Justice has consolidated the government's control over the judiciary, something the European Union sees as a violation of the rule of law. In July, the prosecutor general was given the authority to name the heads of all ordinary courts.

The Venice Commission, a board of legal experts with Europe's top human rights body, the Council of Europe, said the recent changes constituted a "grave threat" to Poland's judiciary.

Mateusz Morawiecki was sworn in as Poland's new prime minister on Monday, replacing Beata Szydlo, who became a deputy prime minister.

New Polish gov't to be appointed on Monday afternoon: president's spokesman