P resident Andrzej Duda has made a surprise announcement that he will veto the controversial Supreme Court restructuring bill which was recently passed by the parliament.
The bill would have forced all sitting Supreme Court judges to resign and given the power to replace them directly to the government rather than the Council of the Judiciary, the body of legal experts currently tasked with selecting judges. Duda said that, while he agreed that the court should reformed, it must be a “wise reform.”
Specifically, the president objected to increasing the power of Public Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro. Earlier this week, he also demanded an increase in the majority of parliamentary votes needed to confirm judges and has complained that he was not sufficiently consulted on the bill.
Nevertheless, the move is unexpected, as the bill is supported by the far-right Law and Justice PiS party which backs Duda and would increase their power …