Opposition uses tablet to speak out in parliament

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Leader of Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice opposition party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski uses his tablet to bypass Parliament rules banning non-lawmakers from taking the floor. Himself a lawmaker authorized to speak from the podium, Kaczynski plays to the lower chamber a pre-recorded speech by Piotr Glinski, his party’s shadow cabinet prime minister. Kaczynski took the floor during a debate over his own motion for a vote of no confidence in the incumbent Cabinet of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The vote scheduled for Friday is expected to fail for lack of sufficient support. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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Leader of Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice opposition party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski uses his tablet to …

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In Poland, speaking out in parliament is a privilege mostly reserved for lawmakers, but the opposition has skirted that regulation with the help of a hand-held tablet computer.

Nationalist opposition party leader and lawmaker Jaroslaw Kaczynski has introduced a non-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and a vote is expected Friday.

But when Kaczynski stood up to speak in the lower Chamber on Thursday, he surprised lawmakers by taking out his tablet and playing a pre-recorded policy speech by Piotr Glinski, his Law and Justice party's shadow prime minister, a non-elected official.

The public-relations stunt was apparently aimed at showing Glinski's leadership potential.

Poland's Cabinet is expected to survive Friday's vote.

Special permission is required for non-members to take the floor in parliament.

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