Senate rejects Lidia Staron for Ombudsman

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Poland's Senate (upper house) on Friday rejected independent senator Lidia Staron as the new national ombudsman.

Staron, put up for the post by Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and voted through by the Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday, lost in a 45-51 vote with three abstentions.

The opposition-dominated Senate has so far rejected all of the Sejm's earlier nominees to the post.

Parliament has already tried four times to choose the successor of current ombudsman Adam Bodnar, whose term of office expired at the beginning of September last year. Appointing Staron was the Sejm's fifth attempt.

On April 15, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled that Bodnar could no longer continue to hold his position because his five-year term had expired.