Poland's conservative opposition proposed handing sweeping powers to the president and outlawing abortion and gay marriage in a new constitution on Friday, positioning itself for elections this year and next.
Law and Justice Party (PiS) leader and former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, whose twin brother Lech is head of state, said under the new charter the president could dissolve parliament more easily and have a say in judicial matters. Photos
The right to hang crucifixes in public places would also be enshrined in the constitution, Kaczynski said, in a clear appeal to Catholics shocked by a recent European Court of Human Rights ruling demanding the removal of crucifixes from Italian schools.
Roman Catholic Poland faces a presidential election this autumn and a parliamentary poll in 2011.
"In our proposal, the president is above all other powers (institutions) and... is the guardian of righteousness, independence and national strategy," Jaroslaw Kaczynski told a news conference.
Lech Kaczynski has infuriated the government of centre-right Prime Minister Donald Tusk by vetoing various reforms over the past two years. Jaroslaw Kaczynski said some of the president's decisions would have the force of law under the charter plan. Read complete article - World Bulletin – Turkey News – World News
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