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Women MP quotas 'meant to derail election reform'

Santanché says Letta loyalists taking revenge on Renzi

10 March, 17:39
Women MP quotas 'meant to derail election reform' (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 10 - An MP from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's party on Monday said her female peers demanding minimum quotas for women in Lower House were using the issue to derail Premier Matteo Renzi's landmark election reform and take revenge on him for pushing his predecessor out of office. "It's not a battle of the sexes. It's to take revenge and make Renzi pay for his behavior regarding Enrico Letta," Daniela Santanché told Italian daily La Repubblica. Santanché, known as Berlusconi's 'pythoness' for her fiery defence of the former premier, leapt to the defence of Renzi in light of a deal he struck with Berlusconi earlier this year to reform Italy's electoral process. That move, made while Renzi was still just mayor of Florence, was seen as pivotal in his rise to power and Letta's coinciding decline, brought about in a party coup led by Renzi to strip him of the premiership. Santanché said that among the 90 signatories to appeal for a minimum quota for women in the House, "I don't see any who are Renzi loyalists". On Monday those same women wore white to the House in a sign of protest.

Santanché was dressed in pink.