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|Italy Votes To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third by ZooOga: 2:24am On Sep 22, 2020|
Italy votes to slash size of parliament by a third
Italy has voted to cut the size of the country's parliament by more than a third, exit polls suggest.
More than 67% of people voted in favour of the change, according to a projection from state broadcaster RAI.
The number of MPs in the lower house will be reduced from 634 to 400. The senate will also be downsized.
The referendum was pushed by the Five Star Movement, part of the governing coalition, which argued that the move would reduce costs.
The move, which cuts the total number of MPs and senators from 945 to 600, had already been pushed through parliament.
But it needed to be backed by a referendum because it amends the constitution. The changes will have to be made before the 2023 election.
Italy shrinks parliament 'to save €1bn'
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, a senior Five Star figure, described the result as "historic".
"We can go back to having a normal parliament, with fewer privileges and 345 fewer seats," he said.
Last October, Five Star said streamlining parliament will save the country €1bn (£918m) over 10 years.
However critics argue that the move will weaken democracy.
The referendum was held alongside a small number of regional elections.
Right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini said he was aiming for a clean sweep however his party appeared to make one gain - the eastern region of Marche. It stayed in charge of two other regions.
The centre-left Democratic Party held on to three regions it already rules including Tuscany.
The contest in Puglia was even, according to Ansa news agency.
Italy reduces size of parliament 'to save €1bn in a decade'
|Re: Italy Votes To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third by Ahmed0336(m): 2:42am On Sep 22, 2020|
Country with right thinking individuals.
I don't know why we are maintaining HOR and Senate
FG should scrap our Senate, then place HOR on minimum wage.
|Re: Italy Votes To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third by daddytime(m): 3:04am On Sep 22, 2020|
Ours is to keep duplicating MDA's and creating irrelevant new one's to settle cronies at the detriment of the national purse.
|Re: Italy Votes To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third by uboma(m): 6:27am On Sep 22, 2020|
Good move by the government of Italy.
Our Senators in Nigeria got themselves vehicles worth 50/55million naira each despite being in recession.
The cost of running the National Assembly and the Executive should be drastically cut down.
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