Spanish Parliament session delayed by roof leak

Sept. 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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MADRID, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The start of Spain's parliamentary session Wednesday was delayed for more than an hour due to a roof leak amid heavy rains.

Members of Parliament said they arrived to start the session at the close of the summer break Wednesday, but they soon had to vacate the body's 163-year-old chambers in Madrid due to massive amounts of water coming in through the ceiling, The reported Wednesday.

"None of us could believe it," said Lucas Calvo, parliamentary assistant for Spain's UPyD party. "There were people running collecting water in rubbish bins."

Speaker of the House Jesus Posada said $6 million worth of renovations being carried out on the building likely contributed to the problem.

"There has been a certain conflict because of the repairs and the current meteorological conditions, but we will begin the session in a few minutes, I hope not many," Posada said.

The start of the session was delayed for more than an hour.

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