Poland questions legality of re-electing Tusk as European Council head

Poland questions legality of re-electing Tusk as European Council headPoland's foreign minister has challenged the legality of Donald Tusk's re-election to a top European Union job, saying the vote was "fake" and that it exposed the EU as having "double standards," The Associated Press reported on Monday.

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, was re-elected as European Council head at a recent EU summit.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said the summit took a "pseudo-vote" on Tusk, by only asking who was "against," but not who was "for" or who abstained. Waszczykowski told TVN24 that there was no vote on Poland's counter-candidate.

"We have expert evidence that Donald Tusk was reelected as the European Council president on the second term using a procedure that could be contested within the framework of the European law… There was no vote on Tusk. There was a question, who was 'against,' there was no a question, who was 'for,' who abstained. It is not true that we have lost 27:1, because these 27 countries have not been asked if they supported [Tusk] or abstained [from the vote]," Waszczykowski said, as quoted by the TVN24 broadcaster.

Poland was the only one among the EU's 28 members to protest the re-election of Tusk, who Poland's ruling nationalist Law and Justice party considers a political foe. The party also is critical of the EU.
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