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  Italy’s Parliament Approves Plan to Downsize Itself
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Last EditedBojicat  Oct 08, 2019 02:30pm
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Author Giovanni Legorano - Wall Street Journal
News DateTuesday, October 8, 2019 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe antiestablishment 5 Star movement pushed for a smaller legislature to reduce costs and what it sees as corruption.

ROME—Parliament approved plans to cut the number of lawmakers by more than a third, a victory for Italy’s antiestablishment 5 Star Movement and a move that eliminates a potential source of friction in Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s new government.

The 5 Star, which has long railed at what it says is a bloated legislature, had made the move a central condition for forming a new government with the center-left Democratic Party in September after the leader of the far-right League, Matteo Salvini, pulled out of the previous coalition in a failed attempt to force an election.

The Democrats had opposed the proposal, which cuts the number of members of the lower house to 400 from 630 and those in the Senate to 200 from 315, in three previous votes. But the party agreed to support it in the final vote if other constitutional overhauls and changes to the electoral law are included in future legislative plans. Constitutional changes in Italy require four votes, two in each of the two chambers making up Parliament.

“We have been waiting for this day for a long time.…Finally, the cut to deputies and senators is a reality,” said Riccardo Fraccaro, cabinet undersecretary of the 5 Star and author of the constitutional measure.
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