Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

PD overcame Porcellum law with new candidates, Bersani says

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Rome, January 17 - Pierluigi Bersani, the leader
of Italy's centre-left coalition that is touted as the
front-runner in Italy's upcoming February general elections, on
Thursday said the parties he leads would beat the current,
widely criticized, electoral system by putting forth young and
new candidates.
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.
''This is how we have overcome the Porcellum system and
this is how out parliamentary representation will change'',
Bersani said, speaking at Rome's Ambra Jovinelli theatre to
supporters.
He was speaking whilst introducing three young PD
parliament candidates - 26-year old Anna Ascani, 25-year old
Enzo Lattuca, and 30-year old Valentina Paris - to the crowds
during his speech.
Among his policy priorities, Bersani cited job creation,
money laundering, accountancy fraud, public-sector transparency,
gay-union rights, gender parity and immigrant citizenship.
He also vowed to repeal laws he said favoured centre-right
rival and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi.
The PD leader said he refused to engage in "cabaret-style"
campaigning like Berlusconi and outgoing premier Mario Monti and
said parties built around an individual, like those of
Berlusconi and Monti, were "a tumor that make democracy
inflexible, ineffective and impotent".
Italy holds general elections on February 24 and 25.

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