Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Grillo says electoral law designed to edge his M5S party out

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Rome, November 9 - The leader of the
anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), comedian
Beppe Grillo, said on his blog Friday that Italian political
parties were making changes to the electoral law to keep his
party from winning the 2013 elections.
"It's a real coup," he wrote, saying that the law would
make way for a second term for Premier Mario Monti's unelected
government.
He also pointed the finger at the European Union for
failing to intervene.
"The EU is doing nothing," he wrote on his blog.
A new electoral law currently stalled in the Senate,
designed to artificially achieve a clear majority if the leading
party reaches 42.5%, has also been denounced by the centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) as actually intended to set the bar too
high for anyone to qualify for the extra boost.
After nearly a year of stalled talks and differences at
the party level, skepticism has grown that decisive reforms
cannot be implemented in time for the April vote.
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.

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