Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
HELSINKI

Monti tells parties to close 'credibility gap'

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(ANSA) - Helsinki, August 2 - Premier Mario Monti told the
country's political parties to close a credibility "gap" they
have with the Italian public by quickly reaching an agreement on
a new election law.
It is the latest in a series of calls from Monti, whose
emergency technocrat government relies on the support Italy's
three biggest mainstream parties in parliament, for the
much-criticised current electoral system to be overhauled in
time for general elections next year.
"I'm confident that the Italian political parties will
reflect on the gap that has formed between the public and the
parties in terms of credibility and work to improve themselves
and reach an agreement on a new electoral law rapidly, because
this gives credibility to the political system too," Monti told
reporters in Helsinki.
Earlier this week Monti said that using the current system
at next year's elections would be the "worst case scenario".
Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of
Freedom (PdL) party and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD)
have failed to build on the common ground they found on the
issue earlier this year.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano recently chided the
parties for leaving the issue "dragging on for weeks" amid
partisan bickering.
The current law has been widely criticised for distancing
politicians from voters, who effectively cannot pick their
representatives, as party leaders have the power to name
candidates on so-called 'blocked lists', which are then voted
on.
As a result, candidates do not need to champion the
concerns of constituents so much but they do need to lobby
within their parties to get high enough on the lists to be
elected, experts say.

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