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Polish president Duda starts second term amid virus precautions

DPA
Warsaw
Polish President Andrzej Duda took the oath of office for a second five-year term on Thursday amid coronavirus precautions in parliament and silent protests against his policies.
Usually full with parliamentarians and guests during a presidential inauguration, the parliament’s plenary room had many empty seats after numerous lawmakers from the centrist opposition alliance Civic Coalition (KO) decided not to come.
The parties forming KO wanted to protest Duda’s infringements of the constitution, Borys Budka, the leader of Civic Platform, the largest party in the coalition, wrote on Twitter.
Parliamentarians from The Left parliamentary caucus came to the inauguration, but held up copies of the constitution to protest what they view as the head of state’s disregard for the country’s supreme law.