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Tougher MP conflict of interest laws planned

The House of Representatives

New laws aiming at greater transparency over MPs possible conflicts of interest will be drawn up, the chairman of the House ethics committee, Zacharias Zachariou, said on Wednesday.

In the presence of House president Demetris Syllouris, the House ethics committee discussed the issues arising from conflicts of interest of political officials, with Zacharias maintaining that honesty and transparency are imperative.

The House, Zacharias added, will purchase services from the private sector to carry out a relevant study, which will lead to the drawing up of laws and regulations targeting those politicians seeking to profit rather than to serve.

The timeframe for the completion of the study and the drawing up of legislation will be announced in December, Zacharias said.

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