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Berlusconi's party against minimum quotas for women MPs

FI says has doubts about Constitutionality

10 March, 12:13
Berlusconi's party against minimum quotas for women MPs (ANSA) - Rome, March 10 - Premier Matteo Renzi's hopes of getting a bill for a new election law approved by the Lower House by Tuesday suffered a setback on Monday when a member of Silvio Berlusconi's opposition centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party said it was against the possibility of including minimum quotas for women MPs.

The bill is the result of a deal that Renzi, the leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), struck with Berlusconi before he became premier last month.

"Forza Italia is against minimum quotas for women MPs because it would be a law with evident problems of Constitutionality," said FI's Francesco Paolo Sisto, who was one of the lawmakers proposing the election-system bill. As a result, the House suspended work on the bill until 14.30, despite the opposition of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), the Northern League and the left-wing SEL party.