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'We'll respect reform timetable' says Renzi

Govt will last till 2018 if urgency of change recognised

24 February, 14:34
'We'll respect reform timetable' says Renzi (ANSA) - Rome, February 24 - Matteo Renzi said Monday he would respect the timetable of a deal with opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi to streamline government by passing a new electoral law and scrapping the Senate in six months.

"We will meet the terms and timetable of the deal that goes beyond the ruling majority," Renzi told the Senate in a speech asking for the first of two confidence votes.

He said the government would last until the end of the parliamentary term in 2018 if parliament recognised the "urgency" of the political reforms, which require changes to Italy's Constitution, along with a raft of measures to cut red tape and taxes to jump start growth after two decades of recession.