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Renzi puts civil rights at top of coalition agenda

Same-sex partnerships, adoptions part of future policy 'pact'

02 January, 14:31
Renzi puts civil rights at top of coalition agenda (see related) (ANSA) - Florence, January 2 - Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi on Thursday said "civil rights" were at the centre of future policy agreements with government coalition partners, calling for legal recognition of same-sex partnerships and modifications to current immigration laws among other things.

The upstart Florence mayor said a pact between the PD and its main coalition partner, the New Centre Right (NCD) of Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, for the policies of the left-right government led by Enrico Letta over the next 12-15 months should contain "a chapter on Civil Rights", including changes to the 2001 Bossi-Fini immigration law, civil unions, a law on international development cooperation, provisions for families and a more effective procedure for adoptions. The NCD is a splinter group from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's recently disbanded People of Freedom (PdL) party.

Deputy Senate Speaker Maurizio Gasparri, a representative of Berlusconi's revived Forza Italia party, now in opposition, slammed what he described as Renzi's "left-wing agenda", calling instead for a new electoral law and snap elections.