New Polish Law Cuts Parliament

With proportional representation abolished, Jewish leaders here discussed today ways and means of securing an adequate number of seats in the Polish parliament under the new electoral law, which was made public here yesterday.

The new law, which cuts the number of members of the parliament from 444 to 200, will greatly affect Jewish representation. It practically deprives the Jewish population of the seats they now hold in the Sejm.

A demand was advanced by Jewish leaders today that the government introduce special so-called minority mandates, in order to secure for the national minorities the number of seats in the Sejm to which they are entitled in accordance with their proportion in the general population. Only if this demand is accepted can the three-and-a-half millions Jews of Poland expect to have deputies in the new parliament.

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