Polish authorities have officially announced that martial law will be suspended in the country on December 31.
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2. Zbigniew Gertych at Sejm rostrum speaking (Polish SOT); GV Sejm members listening as he reads out vote. (7 SHOTS) 2.14
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Polish authorities have officially announced that martial law will be suspended in the country on December 31. The announcement came on December 19, one day after the Polish parliament, the Sejm, overwhelmingly approved legislation making the suspension possible. The Sejm also passed a package of measures ensuring a continued tight grip on security, and on the economy. The bills give the Council of State the authority to suspend and, if necessary, reimpose martial law. The bills were read by Sejm Deputy Marshall, Zbigniew Gertych. The one giving the Council of State the right to suspend martial law was passed unanimously. The other bill has two aims - easing restrictions imposed as part of last December's military crackdown, and providing for temporary special powers until martial law is lifted completely. This bill was passed with nine abstentions. The official Polish News Agency PAP said that, by approving the bills, the parliament had opened the road for the Council of State to lift martial law. This process will start on December 31.