Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Court chief chides pols on electoral law, gay-couple rights

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Rome, April 12 - The head of Italy's Constitutional
Court on Friday urged the new Italian parliament to change the
current electoral law that makes it hard for a clear winner to
emerge.
Franco Gallo also called on the parties to recognise the
rights of gay couples and allow children to take their mother's
surname if they wanted.
Gallo accused parliament of being "deaf" to repeated calls
from the Court, whose job it is to uphold the Italian
Constitution.
The top judge said the election law, widely derided as a
"pig's sty" since it was framed by the centre right ahead of the
2006 elections, went against the Constitution because it does
not allow voters to pick their MPs and awards an unfairly large
bonus to the top party in the House.
The February general election produced a hung parliament
because the centre-left Democratic Party got a majority in the
House but not one in the equally powerful Senate.

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