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Przylebská is considered close to Jaroslav Kaczynski, leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. Under her leadership, the Constitutional Court stood on the steps of the controversial conservative government in the Polish judiciary, over which Warsaw was in a long-running dispute with Brussels.

The six justices claim that Przelbieska’s tenure at the helm of the Constitutional Court has already ended. The letter to Przylebská was signed by Wojciech Sych, Jakub Stelina, Mariusz Muszyński, Andrzej Zielonacki, Zbigniew Jędrzejewski and Bohdan Świenczkowski. The newspaper commented on the situation, “We found ourselves on the brink of a constitutional crisis.”

Disputes have been going on for a long time about when Przylebská’s term at the helm of this institution should end. The former deputy chairman of the Constitutional Court, Stanislav Bernat, wrote a year ago that Przylibska was appointed on the basis of the law, which follows that the term of the chief justice is six years and ends on December 20, 2022. This opinion is shared by former judges and other legal experts.

Przylebská herself believes that the mention of a six-year term will only apply to the next president of the Constitutional Court, which she intends to remain at the helm until December 2024.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki shares her opinion. According to him, the presidential term of Julia Przelbyska will end with the term of the Constitutional Court judge, that is, in less than two years. Rzeczpospolita added that the head of government considers the whole debate pointless.

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The servant Onet pointed out, among others, the Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court Muszyński and Bogdan Świenczkowski, who until recently was the First Deputy Prosecutor General, are calling for the termination of Przylebská’s position.

This is the Minister of Justice of Poland, that is, Zbigniew Ziobro, who, according to commentators, is fighting for the position of leader of the Polish Right before this year’s elections.

Oneh recalled that a few days ago, Duda’s deputy chancellor described the dispute over Przylibska’s mandate as a “very complex” issue. According to him, the president’s position depends on whether he “formulates an opinion” in the Constitutional Court.

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