Parliament rejects public ombudswoman's report; minority MPs outraged

The majority of lawmakers in parliament did not approve a report on Friday by the State Ombudswoman for 2015, which prompted ethnic minority MPs Furio Radin and Milorad Pupovac to request a break in the meeting as this situation was "unheard of" however, Speaker Zeljko Reiner did not permit the recess.

"It is unheard of that a report by the ombudswoman is not approved of and I demand a recess," the ethnic Italian MP Radin said after the report had been rejected by 63 lawmakers against 43 supporting the report and 4 abstentions.

Pupovac too requested a recess. "After this turn of events in voting, Parliament has to take a break," Pupovac said however Reiner explained that parliament could not go into recess whenever an MP is not happy with the debate or result of voting.

A disgruntled Radin told reporters that until now only one ombudsperson's report had not been approved by parliament. "That was in the mid-nineties and for the simple reason that the ombudsman did not do any work. As a matter of fact, he only had one report of 40 pages of an attack and that was by a political party, and that is why everyone agreed that he had not done anything and that he should be replaced and not due to critical thinking. This is a disaster," Radin said.

Last update: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 14:42

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