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New electoral law will be 'revolution' says Renzi

Will overcome resistance from Berlusconi's party says premier

04 March, 10:48
New electoral law will be 'revolution' says Renzi (ANSA) - Rome, March 4 - A new electoral law will be "a true revolution" for Italy, Premier Matteo Renzi said Tuesday. He said election change to replace the law that gave an inconclusive result a year ago was "irreversible". "We will do it," he said despite moans from Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party against reported moves to tie the law to Senate reform, which would take much longer. The reform bill, fruit of a controversial deal between Renzi and Berlusconi, hits the floor of the House Tuesday and is expected to go to the Senate by the end of the week.

If it is not tied to the Constitutional changes needed to strip the Senate of its lawmaking powers, the bill could be approved by the end of the month.

A Constitutional reform turning the Senate into a regional chamber similar to Germany's upper house would take more than a year.

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