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Poland's political standoff set to continue through holidays


              Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the populist ruling Law and Justice party, speaks during a press conference as a political crisis drags...

              Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the populist ruling Law and Justice party, looks on during a press conference as Poland's Prime Ministe...

              Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the populist ruling Law and Justice party, speaks during a press conference with Poland's Prime Ministe...

              A woman puts flowers on a fence set up by the police to block access to the parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Alth...

              Protesters stand along a fence in front of the parliament. in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Although the ruling Law and Justi...

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the populist ruling Law and Justice party, speaks during a press conference as a political crisis drags...

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the populist ruling Law and Justice party, looks on during a press conference as Poland's Prime Ministe...

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the populist ruling Law and Justice party, speaks during a press conference with Poland's Prime Ministe...

A woman puts flowers on a fence set up by the police to block access to the parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Alth...

Protesters stand along a fence in front of the parliament. in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Although the ruling Law and Justi...

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A bitter political standoff in Poland is dragging on, with opposition politicians vowing to continue a sit-in inside parliament through the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.

Grzegorz Schetyna, head of the opposition Civic Platform party, said Wednesday that the protesting lawmakers will remain inside the parliament's main assembly hall in protest until Jan. 11, when parliament is set to resume after a holiday break. They are protesting steps by the ruling Law and Justice party that they deem undemocratic.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful chairman of Law and Justice, said the behavior of the rebellious lawmakers is of a "criminal nature" and appealed to them to respect the law.


Updated : 2021-04-13 22:52 GMT+08:00