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Letta says election-law deal is 'good news'

Institutional reforms are 'fundamental', says premier

29 January, 16:03
Letta says election-law deal is 'good news' (ANSA) - Brussels, January 29 - Premier Enrico Letta said Wednesday that it was "good news" that his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) had reached a deal with Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia on a new election law.

Letta said the new election system, along with other institutional reforms, were "fundamental". New PD chief Matteo Renzi has also reached a deal with centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi on making Italy easier to govern by stripping the Upper House of its law-making powers and on cutting the cost of the country's political system, by abolishing its provincial governments, and giving powers back to central government.

"The institutional reform, the election law and the end of the system of having two equally powerful houses of parliament, which is obsolete for our country, are fundamental for stability and in order for our country to progress," Letta said.