Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian MP ends hunger strike after president begs to stop

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Rome, November 28 - An Italian parliamentarian
ended an 88-day hunger strike Wednesday after receiving a note
of solidarity from President Giorgio Napolitano, who voiced
support for his campaign to change Italy's electoral law.
"I consider your cause worthy of all respect, but I beg you
to consider what pushing forward means for your health and your
life," said the president.
It was the second hunger strike for Roberto Giachetti, an
MP in the center-left Democratic Party (PD), after a 25-day fast
this summer.
Giachetti read portions of the letter from Napolitano at
the parliament press office, where he announced the end of his
hunger strike after a doctor's exam showed him to be in a "grave
state of malnutrition".
The current law - passed under a previous Berlusconi
government and often referred to as the Porcellum, or 'Pig's
dinner' - 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.
A reform bill currently before parliament aims to ensure a
clear outcome from elections, but parties are squabbling over a
premium that would go to the winner.
Napolitano has made repeated appeals to politicians to
agree on new rules by the elections, which are likely to take
place in March.
"Enough of this endless arm wrestling, this comedy of
errors due to ceaseless bickering and stonewalling," said the
president in his letter to Giachetti Wednesday.
However after nearly a year of stalled talks and
differences at the party level, skepticism has grown that
decisive reforms can be implemented in time for the vote.

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