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New electoral law won't favour Berlusconi says Renzi

'You win with votes not system' tells PD meeting

06 February, 16:59
New electoral law won't favour Berlusconi says Renzi (ANSA) - Rome, February 6 - Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi on Thursday dismissed polls indicating centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi would win under a planned electoral system the pair agreed on. "I find (the polls) debatable. Elections are won and lost with votes, not if you change the electoral system", the Florence mayor told PD bigwigs.

The new system expected to be passed into law this month favours coalitions and gives a 15% winner's bonus to the alliance that gets 37% of the vote.

Recent polls suggest a centre-right bloc led by Berlusconi's Forza Italia party would get just over 37% and a centre-left one would fall short of the mark.

A failure to reach the target triggers a run-off, according to the plan that was the fruit of controversial talks between Renzi and Berlusconi, who is out of parliament because of a tax-fraud conviction.