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Monday September 23rd, 2019 5:35AM

Polish parliament to be suspended until after election

By The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's parliament is taking an unprecedented recess until after the October election on a proposal from the ruling party that has raised questions about its intentions.

The last session of the outgoing parliament opened Wednesday and will include a no-confidence vote in Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro. Parliament will then recess starting Thursday until Oct. 15-16.

The ruling Law and Justice party argues the recess is to give more campaign time to the lawmakers, but the opposition is suspicious this may mean the party is planning some unexpected moves after the Oct. 13 election. Some opposition lawmakers think Law and Justice is delaying legislation that could make it lose some voters.

Law and Justice insists no changes will be made to the schedule in its current shape.

It will be the first time under democracy that Poland's outgoing lawmakers have convened after an election.

The vote on Ziobro's future is planned for Wednesday night. Opposition parties want him dismissed due to an online hate campaign that his deputy encouraged against judges who are critical of the government. The deputy has already been fired.

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