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Polish president ignores top court ruling in row over judges

A protester waves flags of Poland and the European Union in front of the Polish Constitutional Court following a sentence regarding the appointment of judges in Warsaw on December 3, 2015Poland’s president on Thursday ignored an order by the Constitutional Court to swear in three judges picked by the previous parliament, deepening a feud with his political rivals and escalating a constitutional crisis. In a special televised address on Poland’s TVP public broadcaster, conservative President Andrzej Duda said he stood by his decision to instead appoint four other judges to the Constitutional Court, who were already hastily sworn in during a late-night ceremony on Wednesday. Duda’s defiance marks the latest salvo in a row between the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which won an October election and backs the president, and the defeated liberal Civic Platform (PO), over which judges should serve in the country’s top judicial body.

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