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Renzi hopes to be 'last premier' to need Senate

New premier wants to strip Upper House of law-making powers

24 February, 14:39
Renzi hopes to be 'last premier' to need Senate (See previous) (ANSA) - Rome, February 24 - Premier Matteo Renzi said Monday that he hopes he will be the "last premier" to seek a confidence vote from the Senate. Parliamentary reform, including stripping the Senate of its law-making powers, is on the agenda of his new government, sworn in on Saturday.

Renzi, Italy's youngest premier at 39, faces the first of two key votes with the Senate casting ballots Monday night, followed by the House Tuesday night.

Renzi wants to change the Constitution to strip the Senate of its powers to make laws in order to make it easier to pass legislation, turning the Upper House into a leaner assembly of local-government representatives.

He also wants to abolish the country's provincial governments and bring some powers back to central government from the regions.