Polish president proposes questions for referendum on constitution

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President Andrzej Duda said earlier this year that the Polish people should be given a chance to reflect on whether to make changes to the constitution or draft a new one almost three decades since Poland emerged from communism.

The proposed questions include whether Poles are in favour of enshrining in the constitution a guarantee of Poland’s membership of the European Union and NATO.

Another question is whether Poles want the supremacy of Polish law over EU law enshrined in the constitution. The Polish president’s office also proposed asking voters if they want a retirement age of 60 for women and 65 for men guaranteed by the constitution. Another question is whether Poles want the preamble of the constitution to refer to Poland’s “thousand-year Christian heritage.”

The president’s office also proposed asking citizens if they want the head of state’s influence on foreign and defence policy strengthened. Duda said in March he wanted a “consultative referendum” on the constitution to take place on November 10 and 11. November 11 is Independence Day, commemorating the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty 100 years ago.

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