Monday, June 17, 2013

Poland: Warsaw Mayor may face recall this summer

Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz may face a recall this summer, as petitioners have have handed in 134,000 signatures (10% of voters). The recall would be on the ballot between August and October 6. She has been in office since 2006.

Petitioners include local government activists, political parties and labor union representatives. The prime issue seems to be new trash-collection rules, that include payment for waste disposal. Already, a Deputy Mayor has been dismissed over the issue. There's also issues over public transportation and fight of whether she had to pay more to visit the Wilanów Palace.

Under Polish law, the recall needs 400,000 votes to result in a removal. If the mayor is kicked out, the Prime Minister appoints an interim leader, and then calls a new election. The recall is estimated to cost zł.7 million (which looks to be $2.2 million)

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