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Minority PD faction draws up four election-law reform points

'No blocked lists, lower votes thresholds'

23 January, 19:03
Minority PD faction draws up four election-law reform points (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, January 23 - A minority faction of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) said Thursday it had drawn up four main points that must be addressed regarding election reform. The proposals include revoking so-called blocked lists, or lists of candidates selected by the party apparatus, increasing the majority premium in parliament, lowering the votes threshold for parties to enter parliament, and alternating male and female candidates on the list. The PD - the biggest group in parliament - has suffered internal divisions among fundamental decisions including who should lead them and what form the new election law should have given the urgent need to reform a system that resulted in a hung parliament for two months at the start of last year. A big point of internal debate was sparked over the weekend when PD leader Matteo Renzi met with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi to forge a deal on the election law.

"Just like Renzi managed to convince Berlusconi...we think that if we all convince ourselves and if Renzi convinces himself we will arrive at the result which our electors ask for at the primaries", said PD delegate Alfredo D'Attorre.

(photo: Matteo Renzi)