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System malfunction deletes academic doctorate register

The Ministry of Interior has been put into an embarrassing position after an update to their central register system logging academic degrees managed to delete thousands of entries.

The Ministry was forced to send out letters to people who registered their doctorate titles before 2007 asking if they can send proof of their title to them again. Some of the doctorate holders thought to be affected include high-ranking politicians.

The letter reads: "Due to a renewal of the Central Register it comes to light that there is a problem acquiring your academic degree."

MP for the Freedom Party Walter Rosenkranz has expressed outrage at the fact that the system malfunctioned. "It is intolerable that many academics must now go to the registration office," he said.

Rosenkranz is preparing to make a parliamentary inquiry to the Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner to shed some light on what happened.

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