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Polish parliament reconvenes despite opposition blockade
January 11, 2017 / 6:09 PM / a year ago

Polish parliament reconvenes despite opposition blockade

(Reuters) - Poland’s parliament resumed proceedings after the winter recess on Wednesday in defiance of an opposition blockade of the plenary hall, a move that could escalate a crisis posing a risk to stability in the European Union state.

Poland's opposition lawmakers protesting at the plenary hall in parliament building. in Warsaw, Poland, January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

The centrist opposition Civic Platform had sought to delay the reopening of the assembly after the Christmas and New Year holidays, vowing to continue a nearly month-long sit-in unless the ruling conservatives agreed to a re-run of a budget vote.

Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; editing by Mark Heinrich

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