Written by Bella Dalima
18 Dec, 2013 | 4:16 pm
The lower house of India’s parliament has approved a new anti-corruption bill under which an independent Ombudsman will have powers to prosecute politicians and civil servants.
On Tuesday, the upper house passed the so-called Lokpal Bill, a main demand of campaigners led by Anna Hazare. The bill will have to be signed by the president to become law but that is a mere formality, correspondents say.
Hazare is now expected to end his latest hunger strike after nine days. The bill was first introduced in parliament in 2011 after a 12-day fast by Hazare.
The lower house passed it but the upper house did not. This time round, in a rare show of unity, the governing Congress party and the main opposition BJP supported the passage of the bill in both houses.
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