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Lower House suspends session ahead of vote on lifting immunity of ex-minister

The president of the session, Ioan Oltean suspended the session because of the lack of quorum, local press informs.

Oltean called for the nominal counting of the Deputies and observed there were only 164 Deputies present in the House. Claiming the number was at the limit of the parliament’s rule regarding the compulsory quorum, Oltean, a member of the Democrat Liberal Party, the largest in government, declared the session closed.

The majority has difficulties in assuring the necessary quorum since January when the opposition went on parliamentary strike. On Monday the opposition Social Liberal Union (USL) gained the majority of seats in the Senate and is about to do the same in the lower Chamber. USL needs 8 seats in order to gain the majority.

Laszlo Borbely stepped down earlier this month after the anti-corruption prosecutors asked the parliament to lift his immunity in order to start the criminal prosecution on corruption suspicions. He is suspected of giving several public contracts to a company in the absence of public tenders against refurbishing works to his personal apartment, estimated at some 20,000 Euros. Borbely denies any wrongdoing.

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