Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Napolitano warns parties against 'petty calculations'

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Rome, June 13 - President Giorgio Napolitano on
Thursday warned Italy's political parties not to make "petty
calculations" when it comes to reforms deemed necessary to make
the country easier to govern.
Premier Enrico Letta's left-right administration has set
itself am 18-month deadline to have push through the reforms,
including a new electoral law, cuts to the number of MPs and
stripping the Senate of its equal status to the Lower House.
The government has also named a group of 30 Constitutional
experts who will help a panel of 40 parliamentarians draft the
reforms, which will be voted on in parliament.
But there are concerns that institutional changes may get
bogged down by bickering among parties.
"The government should work serenely. Parliament should do
its bit serenely and with long-sightedness," Napolitano said in
a speech at a conference of Italy's prefects.
"The political parties should not descend into convulsive,
petty calculations of convenience of any kind. Our country's
credibility is at stake".
On Thursday a vote to give the bill setting up the panel of
40 lawmakers urgent status so that it passes more quickly was
approved in the Senate, even though Renato Schifani, the Upper
House whip of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom
(PdL), said it was "inopportune".
The PdL, whose support Letta needs to keep his government
afloat, voted in favour nevertheless.
Schifani also said setting an 18-month deadline for the
reform process smacked of being a vote of "no confidence" in
parliament.
A new election law is seen as necessary to replace the
much-criticised current one that failed to produce a clear
winner in February's general election.
The aim is also to change the current parliamentary set-up
in which all laws must be approved by both the House and Senate,
seen by many as being one of the major sources of dysfunction
for Italy's institutions.
Letta's government aims to keep the Lower House as the main
law-making chamber of parliament, while turning the Senate into
an assembly of Italian regions.
The PdL and Letta's centre-left Democratic Party have
expressed major differences over the election law.
The PdL has said it only wants to amend the current law
while the PD wants a completely new one to come into force.

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