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Napolitano says no doubts that Italian government legitimate

President calls on parliament to reform election law

05 December, 17:04
Napolitano says no doubts that Italian government legitimate (ANSA) - Rome, December 5 - President Giorgio Napolitano said Thursday that there is no doubt the Italian government is legitimate, quashing a complaint from the maverick 5-Star Movement (M5S).

Napolitano also called on parliament to work together to reform Italy's electoral laws. He spoke after M5S MPs left the House in protest when they lost a motion to hold a snap meeting of party whips on Thursday to set a date to reform Italy's election law. The M5S, led by comedian Beppe Grillo, said it thought the government is now illegitimate following a ruling by the Constitutional Court Wednesday that the nation's election law was unconstitutional. The ruling against the law, often referred to as the 'porcellum' or 'pig-sty' law, increases pressure on parliament to change the law quickly. Napolitano said the court has not put the legitimacy of the current government in doubt.

He added that he has previously urged cooperative efforts to reform the election law that many blame for indecisive and inconclusive results.