Poland's main opposition party Law and Justice's (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski smiles during his speech at the parliamentary election meeting with citizens of Torun, Poland October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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When Poland's right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice, held power nearly a decade ago, one of its key projects was a law aimed at vetting Poles for collaboration with the Soviet-era secret police.Back in power, Law and Justice is now acting quickly to place its supporters on the Constitutional Tribunal, seeking to neutralize it before proceeding to reshape this Central European nation of nearly 38 million people in line with its nationalistic and Catholic worldview.On Wednesday, the Law and Justice-dominated parliament is to vote in five new members to the 15-member tribunal.Like Orban's Fidesz, Law and Justice is strongly anti-migrant, leaving the new leadership seeking a way out of a commitment made by the previous government to accept 7,000 refugees.That minister, Mariusz Kaminski, was put in charge of coordinating the country's secret security services. Earlier this year he was sentenced to three years of prison for abusing power back in 2007, when he ran an anti-corruption office in the previous Law and Justice government.
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