Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Napolitano losing patience with parties on electoral reform


(ANSA) - Rome, August 10 - President Giorgio Napolitano on
Friday chided Italy's political parties once again for not
moving to reform the country's contentious electoral law.
"I am bothered still not to see any movement towards
discussing a new electoral law," Napolitano told the L'Unita'
daily three days after parliament began its summer recess.
The prospect of Italy's much-criticised electoral system
being changed increased early this year after the country's two
biggest parties, former premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right
People of Freedom (PdL) and the centre-left Democratic Party
(PD), found common ground on the issue.
But Napolitano has recently lost patience with the parties
for "dragging on for weeks" and not capitalizing on common
ground struck earlier this year by submitting election-reform
proposals to parliament.
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
Premier Mario Monti said last week that going to elections
in 2013 before agreeing on electoral reforms "amid a climate of
partisan bickering" would be "the worst-case scenario".

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