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By Lisa Chapman

The Greens’ Helene Jarmer was sworn in today (Fri) as the first deaf member of the Austrian parliament.

Jarmer, 37, from Vienna, replaces Ulrike Lunacek, who will take her seat as a new MEP in Brussels and Strasbourg on 14 July.

Jarmer is due to make her first address in parliament today in sign language, which an interpreter was to put into German.

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