Poland president signs bill curbing powers of judiciary

Jul 25, 2017, 8:06 AM EDT
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda vetoed two other contentious bills.
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Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed one of the three contentious bills into law amid demonstrations urging him to veto the legislation, which critics claim, weakens the judiciary and upsets the democratic system of checks and balances.

While Duda’s move to block two bills has been hailed by activists, the president is facing backlash for nod to third one, which empowers justice minister to appoint the heads of all lower courts, writes The Guardian.

The three contentious bills, which according to the ruling Law and Justice party is aimed at purging state institutions of corrupt officials, earlier prompted a sanction threat from the European Union, notes ABC News.