Indian Anti-Corruption Bill Stalls

    Supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare shout slogans during a protest against corruption in Amritsar on December 27, 2011. The Indian government faced off against angry opposition parties and a popular hunger-striking activist as it sought to push a divisive anti-corruption bill through parliament. Parliament met for a special three-day session devoted to the new legislation which would create an independent "Lokpal" or ombudsman to probe corruption among senior politicians and civil servants. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

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    It might have been too soon to stop that hunger strike. After India's anti-corruption bill was cleared by the country's lower house earlier this week, it stalled in the upper house on Thursday after 13 hours of debate. Parliament will reconvene early next year, though it's unclear exactly when. The bill finally came up to a vote after months of demonstrations by Anna Hazare and his followers. Hazare aborted a hunger strike on Wednesday, citing poor health, though he says he will continue his campaign to strengthen the proposed corruption ombudsman.

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