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Renzi says amendments 'attempts to derail my control'

Election reform set for final House vote

12 March, 10:32
Renzi says amendments 'attempts to derail my control' (ANSA) - Rome, March 12 - Premier Matteo Renzi's landmark election reform appeared set Wednesday for a final vote in the House, where it was likely to pass after a series of failed efforts to tack on amendments guaranteeing gender parity in parliament that the young premier said were a veiled attempt to derail his control of the center-left majority. "In these days, nothing had anything to do with women (quotas). It was an attempted political move to show I can't control the Democratic Party (PD)," Renzi told Italian daily La Repubblica. "Using secret ballots, some people were trying to get revenge and push me out, and they lost. The election law is going forward and it's just the beginning". On three attempts this week, amendments were put forth that would have imposed strict quotas on the number of women in parliament, each of which failed, one by only a small margin. After Renzi vowed to address the issue of gender parity once the bill passes to the Senate, the reform appeared set to pass the House Wednesday, moving the country towards a new election policy aimed at avoiding the type of political disarray witnessed this time last year.

After inconclusive February 2013 elections produced a virtual three-way tie between the center left, Silvio Berlusconi's center right and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of Beppe Grillo, parliament was paralyzed amid two months of deadlock, which was broken by an unnatural left-right alliance. The resulting grand coalition government of Enrico Letta fell after only 10 months.