(ANSA) - Rome, April 1 - The House whip for three-time
premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party likened
Premier Matteo Renzi to a "South American" dictator on Tuesday
for his alleged heavy-handed decree to reform the Senate.
On Monday his cabinet unanimously approved a law that will
largely strip the Senate of its lawmaking powers, reduce the
number of lawmakers, and scrap Italy's provincial governments in
an effort meant to streamline governance and cut public
House Whip Renato Brunetta accused the center-left premier
of using the law to defang the body in which his Democratic
Party (PD) does not currently hold a majority.
Brunetta formally outlined his opposition in a letter to
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, asking him to back FI's
request to open the "unconstitutional" law to amendments before
it is enacted.
Renzi, however, has been adamantly opposed to changing the
law whatsoever, presenting it as a decree as opposed to a bill
that would have needed approval in parliament before going into