Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
ROME

Onida dismisses idea 'wise-men' to be ministers

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Rome, April 22 - One of Italy's '10 wise men'
dismissed the idea that the panel of experts could become
Italy's next set of ministers on a radio interview Monday, but
expressed hope that the panel's proposals would make the agenda
of the next government.
Valerio Onida is president of Italy's Constitutional Court
and was a member of the so-called '10 wise-men' panel of experts
appointed by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to devise a
government programme capable of winning cross-party support and
break Italy's political impasse, which was created by February's
inconclusive parliamentary elections.
Asked whether to take the suggestion as a joke that the
'wise-men' could convert to government cabinet, Onida told Radio
Capital, "Yes, yes. This connection has already already been
triggered. But it's a fantasy of our (media) system, always
looking for (the next tactical maneuver of one thing or
another)".
Regarding whether the list of proposals delivered by the
panel on April 12 were likely to make the next government
agenda, Onida responded, "Why should we 'wise men' have lost
time? If, then, our suggestions are a point of departure for the
new government, it is up to the first user to say so - the
president of the republic. Then, possibly, other users will come
along".
Asked whether the panel's proposals could only be
formalized in a president-appointed government, Onida responded,
"Here the discussion is widening inappropriately. One speaks of
a president's government, but the constitution foresees simply
that governments are governments, nominated by the head of state
and (then) must have confidence of parliament".
The 'wise-men' proposals included a new election system in
which only the Lower House of parliament would have political
functions, instead of the current system in which the House and
Senate are equally powerful.
Napolitano, 87, was re-elected president over the weekend
by Italian parliament members and certain regional government
representatives, and is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday
afternoon.
The Napolitano was supported by both the centre-right and
centre-left after a divisive series of inconclusive votes led to
the resignation of centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani, who
found himself unable to steer his own coalition, much less a
quorum vote.

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