Renzi says new Upper House will have 150 members
PD leader to present reform plan to party later Thursday06 February, 11:26
The Upper House currently has 315 elected members plus five life Senators.
Renzi said he will present the draft reform at a meeting of the PD, the biggest party in parliament, later on Thursday.
"It will be made up of 150 people, including the 108 mayors of provincial capitals, 21 regional governors and 21 representatives of civil society," Renzi said.
Renzi, the energetic 39-year-old mayor of Florence, has been working hard to introduce much-needed institutional reforms since winning a PD leadership primary with a landslide in December.
A bill for a new election law to replace the dysfunctional system that was declared unconstitutional last year is currently being examined by parliament after Renzi reached an agreement with three-time premier Berlusconi on this issue too. "This is the year in which the problems need to be solved," said Renzi, who is not part of the government led by his PD colleague, Premier Enrico Letta.
"It's no longer enough to stroke the problems. Time is up".