Minimum women quotas approved for regional assemblies (2)

Law sets 40% threshold

(ANSA) - Rome, February 3 - The Lower House on Wednesday gave final approval to a law setting minimum quotas for the number of woman members of Italian regional assemblies. As of the next regional elections, the assemblies will have to be made up of at least 40% women after the law was approved with 334 votes in favour, 91 against and 21 abstentions. The right-wing Northern League party and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) voted against the bill. At the moment, the percentages of women members of the assemblies is much lower and the southern regional of Basilicata does not have any women regional councillors.


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