Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Napolitano says law can still be changed in election run-up

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Rome, November 30 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Friday said that electoral law can be changed even
in the run-up to elections "without contravening the guidelines"
of the European Commission.
In 2003 the European Commission said that no major changes
could be made to election law within one year of elections.
"Broad discussion in parliament" was needed, said
Napolitano, stressing that only some portions of current
legislation should be amended.
The president was responding in a letter to concerns raised
by Francesco Storace, leader of the rightist party La Destra
(The Right) and Maurizio Turco from the Radical Party, over
possibly violating European law by rushing reforms ahead of
general elections expected in March.
Italy's current law - passed under a previous government of
Silvio Berlusconi 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.
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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