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Belgian MP Michel Daerden turns up 'drunk' to parliament

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A Belgian politician shocked a parliamentary session when he apparently turned up drunk and rambled and slurred during a speech.

While some MPs found the experience amusing, others were offended by Michel Daerden's performance and are calling for his resignation.

Prime Minister Yves Leterme has reportedly telephoned Mr Daerden to remind him of his obligation to conduct all public business with dignity.

It is not the first time Mr Daerden, who is Federal Minister for Pensions and Big Cities, has appeared to be intoxicated in public.

He is said to blame "psychomotor problems" and dyslexia for the slowness of his speech at times.

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