Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi says he trusts parliament will pass reforms

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Rome, June 5 - Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday said
he hoped parliament will pass constitutional reforms to make
Italy easier to govern.
The three-time premier and center-right leader cited changes
to the much-criticized electoral law, a new set-up in which
getting laws through parliament would be faster and changes to
make the Italian president directly elected by the people,
rather than voted in by regional representatives and lawmakers
of the Lower House and the Senate.
"I hope the majority in parliament can pass reforms of the
Constitution which are indispensable to govern the country: a
head of government who can name and change ministers, who can
use bills without having to request the approval of the head of
State, and who can have a bill approved in 90-120 days by one
chamber, whose members have possibly been halved", the leader of
the People of Freedom Party (PdL) told Rome-based television
network TeleRoma 56.
A prime minister currently needs to go through the
president to appoint and change ministers.
A government bill expires if it is not converted into a law
approved by both houses of parliament.
"And then an important right: that of citizens to elect the
head of state directly. I am confident this can happen", he
said.
Berlusconi's People of Freedom party is backing the
left-right coalition government alongside Premier Enrico Letta's
centre-left Democratic Party.
The ex-premier, who is believed to hold ambitions of
becoming president, has reiterated that the government formed in
April after inconclusive general elections led to a political
deadlock, must focus on reforms, notably Constitutional changes
including direct elections of the head of state.
Letta's PD is divided over direct presidential elections.

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