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Borg's confirmation leaves Socialists split over gay rights | EurActiv

Tonio Borg was confirmed by European lawmakers in Strasbourg today (21 November) but the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group was left divided after its decision to reject the Maltese candidate for the job of EU health Commissioner was ignored by MEPs.

Borg's confirmation was accepted by 386 MEPs, with 281 voting against and 28 abstentions.

The European People's Party's 270 MEPs decided to vote for Borg following his hearing before the Parliament in Brussels last week, leaving the other parties' votes critical to secure a majority.

Both the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), and the Greens/European Free Alliance settled to oppose Borg. At a meeting held on Tuesday evening (20 November), the S&D Group voted 2-1 against confirming Borg, whose conservative views on abortion and gay marriage disquieted delegates.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:31:43 PM EST
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