Soon the president’s motion to extend the state of emergency on the border with Belarus is to be submitted to the Seym. On Wednesday, MPs will discuss a resolution according to which voting on this issue will be by a simple majority of votes. The head of the PiS club, the deputy speaker of the Sejm, Ryszard Terlecki, said that “the rules of the Sejm should be changed, because the constitution is imprecise on this point.” The matter of extending the state of emergency was discussed during the morning session of the Civic Coalition club. – Previously, we were against the introduction of a state of emergency and I do not think we would change our minds – said the deputy head of the club, Rafał Grupiński.
The Council of Ministers decided on Tuesday to address President Andrzej Duda for extension of the state of emergency in the border zone with Belarus by 60 days. The president declared on Tuesday evening that as soon as a motion in this matter was submitted to him, he will appear – in accordance with the provisions of the constitution – to the Sejm to consent to the extension of the state of emergency.
On Wednesday, after 10 a.m., the Sejm started the session, during which it will deal, among other things, with the draft resolution on changes to the rules of the chamber. It assumes, inter alia, that the Sejm will vote on the motion to extend the extraordinary state by a simple majority of votes. According to the draft, during the debate, it will also not be possible to submit formal motions to adjourn or close the meeting.
Application for an extension of the state of emergency. When is the vote?
The head of the PiS parliamentary club, deputy speaker of the Sejm, Ryszard Terlecki, on Wednesday before the beginning of the Sejm session, was asked by journalists whether the Sejm would consider the motion to extend the state of emergency on Thursday, as it had not yet reached the Sejm. – Today it will arrive, apparently, it hasn’t arrived yet. When it arrives today, we will be proceeding with it in the afternoon – replied Terlecki. When asked by a TVN24 reporter, why change the rules of the Sejm, Terlecki replied that “it is necessary, because the constitution is imprecise on this point”. “It defines how a state of natural disaster is prolonged, but not a state of emergency,” he added.
In turn, the head of the Left-wing club, Krzysztof Gawkowski, said that before the meeting at the Seniors’ Convention, Sejm Marshal Elżbieta Witek said that “immediately after the president’s application for an extension of the state of emergency is received, he will be voted”. – Probably tomorrow at 9 p.m. in the debate, at 11 p.m. the vote, said the MP from the Left.
Politicians are opposed to the changes to the rules of the Sejm. They say that Law and Justice wants to facilitate in this way the introduction of extraordinary measures in the future.
Grupiński on the introduction of a state of emergency: we were against
The matter of extending the state of emergency was discussed during the Wednesday morning meeting of the Civic Coalition club. – Previously, we were against the introduction of a state of emergency and I do not think that we will change our minds – said his deputy head Rafał Grupiński after the end of the club’s deliberations.
The politician also maintained his critical opinion regarding the course of the state of emergency to date on the border with Belarus. – All observers of this situation agree that the goal was one – to cut off the media presence in this critical area and limit the possibilities of social control over what is happening there at the moment, so this is the basic problem – said Grupiński.
As he added, he also did not think that the services under the leadership of the current heads of the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Interior and Administration: Mariusz Błaszczak and Mariusz Kamiński, especially after – as he said – the famous Monday press conference“they could defend anything or protect anything.”
The state of emergency at the border with Belarus
The state of emergency in the border zone with Belarus, i.e. in part of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces, has been in force since September 2. It was introduced for 30 days. They are covered by it 183 localities (115 in the Podlaskie Voivodeship and 68 in the Lubelskie Voivodeship).
Government officials justified the need to introduce a state of emergency with the situation on the border with Belarus, where Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime is waging a “hybrid war” and the Russian Zapad military exercises.
According to the constitution, in the event of a threat to the constitutional system of the state, the security of citizens or public order, the president, at the request of the Council of Ministers, may introduce, for a specified period, not longer than 90 days, a state of emergency in part or throughout the territory of the state. The extension of a state of emergency may take place only once, with the consent of the Sejm, and for a period not longer than 60 days.
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