Ruling party suspends 15th member over animal bill vote

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Kazimierz Moskal, deputy chair of the Sejm (lower house) Education, Science and Youth Affairs Committee, is the 15th member of ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) to be suspended for voting against new animal protection laws, PiS MP Krzysztof Sobolewski said on Friday.

Earlier Sobolewski announced the suspension of 14 party members, including Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski and Henryk Kowalczyk, an MP and former minister, under a decision by PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

All those suspended voted against the PiS-authored animal law amendments.

On Thursday night the Sejm passed the amendments in a 356 to 75 vote with 18 abstentions. They will now be passed on to the Senate (upper house) for further debate.

Out of 229 members of the ruling United Right coalition comprising PiS and the Solidary Poland and Agreement parties, 176 PiS MPs supported the amended bill, with all of Solidary Poland voting against. Fifteen Agreement MPs abstained from voting, two were against.