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Poles protest plans to expand Warsaw

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo

WARSAW (AP):

Hundreds of protesters with flags and banners marched in downtown Warsaw yesterday against the ruling party's plan to enlarge the Polish capital by incorporating 32 neighbouring municipalities.

The ruling populist Law and Justice party says the move will help the neighbourhoods develop by linking them closer with the capital, which provides jobs, education and entertainment for the region.

Opponents say the move will deprive local governments of decision-making powers but is chiefly designed to help the ruling party win control of Warsaw in the 2018 local election.

Warsaw voters largely support the opposition pro-business Civic Plat-form party, while Law and Justice has more backing in the suburbs.

Under the plan, Warsaw, a city of 1.7 million, would have more territory than New York City or London.