Poland okays ‘Tusk Law’ to cut Russian influence

WARSAW: Poland’s president said on Monday he would sign a bill to allow a panel to investigate whether the opposition Civic Platform (PO) party allowed the country to be unduly influenced by Russia and as a result too dependent on its fuel when it was in power.
The liberal PO, in government from 2007 to 2015, rejects the claims and says the law is designed to destroy support for its leader and former prime minister Donald Tusk ahead of an election scheduled for October or November.
President Andrzej Duda said he would sign the bill because he believed it “should enter into force” but he also said he would ask the Constitutional Tribunal to examine criticism that the legislation is unconstitutional.
The bill would set up an investigative commission that could deliver an initial report in September. Opposition figures have nicknamed it Lex Tusk, using the Latin word for law. –Agencies