House Speaker defends legitimacy after election law tossed
Grillo leads anti-government charge05 December, 11:28
"This House is fully legitimate and legitimized to function," she said, responding to heckling from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, the largest party in the opposition, led by former comedian Beppe Grillo. On Wednesday the Constitutional Court ruled against the nation's much-criticised election law, upping pressure on lawmakers to reform it quickly. The current law - passed under a previous government of Silvio Berlusconi and often referred to as Porcellum, or 'pigsty' - has been widely blamed for leading to inconclusive February election results, months of political deadlock, and Premier Enrico Letta's unprecedented left-right coalition government, which is seen as highly volatile.