Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Inquiry launched after Senate duty speaker no-show

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - The Senate has launched an
inquiry after Thursday's session of the Upper House was briefly
suspended because there was no duty speaker to oversee
proceedings.
Experts said it was the first time such an incident has
taken place in the history of the Italian Republic.
The Senate Speaker is Renato Schifani of former premier
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, but he has
four deputies who also oversee sessions of the Upper House.
The situation was caused because the duty speaker, Domenico
Nania of the PdL, was delayed and unable to take over when
Emma Bonino of the Radical party finished her shift in charge.
Another deputy speaker, Rosi Mauro of the Northern League,
stepped in but she had to leave to catch a flight, so the
session had to be suspended during debate about a motion on
violence against women until the arrival of Schifani.
Anna Finocchiaro, the Senate whip for the centre-left
Democratic Party, expressed indignation.
"What happened today is totally unacceptable," she said.
"Abandoning the floor (of the assembly) would be extremely
serious in the council of a town of just a few people, never
mind the Senate of the Republic".
Schifani did not try to downplay the gravity of what
happened.
"I will acquire all the data necessary to have correct
information about what happened but I want to say in any case
that one thing is certain," he said, "the interruption of the
work of a parliamentary chamber because of the absence of the
person who should oversee it is a regrettable incident.
"I will carry out an inquiry and then I'll report to the
floor (of the Senate) and the (party) whips".

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