Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018

Letta in election reform push amid Berlusconi threat


Rome, August 19 - Premier Enrico Letta said Sunday
his government will reform Italy's dysfunctional electoral law
by October despite fears it may be felled by ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's legal woes.
Centre-left Democratic Party (PD) member Letta said the new
law would allow voters to pick their MPs and would be geared to
producing a clear result unlike the one that led to two months
of stalemate and produced the PD's unnatural left-right
coalition with Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party.
Berlusconi said he would not ask for a pardon from his
recent conviction for tax fraud and ban from office which the
Senate is expected to ratify next month.
He said he would go on "with courage" despite the likelihood
he may have to lead a revamped PdL, going back to its original
name Forza Italia, from outside parliament.
Amid PdL threats to sink the government if Berlusconi is
ejected from the Senate, Letta said "Italians sill punish those
who let factional interests prevail".

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