January 11, 2017 / 10:13 AM / 6 months ago

Poland's opposition wants new parliamentary session postponed

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WARSAW, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Poland's largest opposition party called on Wednesday for the start of a new session of lower house of parliament to be postponed for a week, saying it needed time to find a solution to a nearly month-long political standoff.

The centrist Civic Platform (PO) grouping that has been occupying the main chamber of parliament in a row over media rights and a budget vote, submitted a motion for lower house of parliament to reconvene on Jan. 18, its leader said.

Lawmakers are due to convene for the first time this year on Wednesday, with the country's largest political row in years unresolved, despite some concessions by the Law and Justice (PiS) party in recent days.

The motion was submitted "so we have the time to seek ideas, to talk and to find a solution" to the parliamentary crisis, Grzegorz Schetyna, PO's leader told reporters.

The crisis began last month when PiS was forced to move its 2017 budget vote to an auxiliary chamber of parliament after opposition MPs blocked the podium in the plenary hall in protesting plans to curb media access to lawmakers.

PO, which claims the budget vote was unlawful, also submitted a draft resolution that calls for the reading of the budget to be resumed.

The eurosceptic PiS, which has a majority in parliament, has yet to respond to PO's proposals.

Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko and Pawel Florkiewicz; Writing by Lidia Kelly Editing by Jeremy Gaunt

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