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Grillo complains that Renzi's plans 'unconstitutional'

M5S leader suggests premier's cuts should begin with his own job

31 March, 15:56
Grillo complains that Renzi's plans 'unconstitutional' (ANSA) - Rome, March 31 - Changing the Senate to reduce its powers is unconstitutional, Beppe Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) party said Monday even as Premier Matteo Renzi working to win support to amend the Constitution to permit such changes.

If Renzi wants to streamline government and make cuts, he should start with his own position, added Grillo.

But the premier "is the first person to live for politics," shown by his long history in political affairs, including as mayor of Florence and before that, serving in regional government, Grillo said on his blog, his favourite way of communicating with the public.

Renzi, the leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), was set on Monday to get his cabinet to approve a bill to change the Constitution to reform the Senate, stripping it of its lawmaking powers and turning it into a leaner assembly of local-government representatives.

The bill will also change Article V of the Constitution to make it possible to scrap Italy's provincial administrations and take back some powers from the country's regional governments, many of which are guilty of overspending.