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Parliament session suspended after MPs called 'thieves'

M5S member's comment causes outrage

10 October, 11:19
Parliament session suspended after MPs called 'thieves' (ANSA) - Rome, October 10 - A session of the Italian Lower House of parliament was suspended Thursday after a member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) called his fellow MPs "thieves".

The incident took place during a vote on an amendment to a government bill to phase out State financing of political parties over three years.

The Internet-based M5S, which accepts no public funding and accuses the mainstream parties of creating a corrupt system, are critical of the reform, saying taxpayers money will still end up in the party coffers.

During the session M5S member Riccardo Fraccaro shouted out "they'll still call you thieves" to the MPs of the other groups.

This prompted many MPs to leave the floor of the House and the session was suspended.