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Socialists moot complete ban on deputies’ private income

Vast majority of Congress representatives currently obtain leave to work outside of their parliamentary duties

Majority of representatives currently obtain leave to work outside of their parliamentary duties

The Socialist Party is considering proposing a legal change to prevent national and regional representatives from earning an extra salary on the side in the private sector. Even if deputies were still authorized to have private activities, they would no longer be allowed to earn money in this way.

Although the law formally prohibits members of parliament from doing any other work, many effectively get permission to do academic work, deliver lectures, work as advisors or in legal firms. In 2008 only 45 out of the 350 deputies in Congress (13 percent) did not have any other activity besides parliamentary work, according to data compiled by this newspaper.

The proposal will be discussed and put up for approval at the Socialist Party's Political Conference of November 8, 9 and 10.

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