A press briefing by Błażej Spychalski, spokesman for President Andrzej Duda, is scheduled for 2.30 pm in front of the National Security Office.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki informed after Tuesday’s government meeting that the Council of Ministers asked the president to introduce a state of emergency for a period of 30 days in the border zone with Belarus, i.e. in part of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces. This strip will cover 183 localities (115 in the Podlaskie Voivodeship and 68 in the Lubelskie Voivodeship, directly adjacent to the border.
President Andrzej Duda assured on Tuesday that he would make the decision to introduce a state of emergency in the near future. “I hope that when my decision is made (…) it will be favored by the Polish Sejm. I hope that representatives of the opposition will also approve it,” he said.
On Thursday morning, the president’s spokesman Błażej Spychalski said that the president’s decision in this matter was “a matter of the next few hours”
Deputy Speaker of the Sejm, Ryszard Terlecki, informed that the Presidium of the Sejm would meet on Thursday at 3 p.m. to decide on which day the meeting of the House regarding a possible regulation on the state of emergency would be held.
Pursuant to the Act on the State of Emergency, the president examines the government’s request for the introduction of a state of emergency immediately, and then issues an ordinance on the introduction of a state of emergency for a fixed period of up to 90 days or decides to refuse to issue such a regulation. The regulation on the introduction of the state of emergency is presented to the Sejm by the President within 48 hours of signing it. The state of emergency takes effect from the date of publication of the regulation. In a resolution, the Sejm may repeal the ordinance and the application of the state of emergency.
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