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Poland’s Duda vetoes change to European Parliament voting rules

Critics say planned change would have resulted in just two parties being able to win seats in next year’s European election.

WARSAW — Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday refused to sign into law a change to the way the country elects members of the European Parliament, which critics say would have squeezed out all but the largest parties.

epa06952548 (FILE) - President of Poland Andrzej Duda speaks during a press conference in Riga, Latvia, 27 June 2018 (reissued 18 August 2018). Andrzej Duda said he would veto a law proposed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would benefit bigger parties such as PiS and its main opposition grouping in European Parliament elections in 2019. EPA-EFE/TOMS KALNINS

The proposed change — which he said would have raised the election threshold to over 16 percent — is going “back to parliament for reconsideration,” Duda told reporters shortly before setting off on an…

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