An attempt to change Italy’s electoral law has received a fatal blow, a senior figure in the ruling Democratic Party said after the party lost a vote on an amendment to the bill.
“The deal on the electoral law is dead,” Emanuele Fiano, the Democratic Party MP responsible for shepherding the law through the lower house of parliament, told reporters.
“It was killed by the 5Stars,” he added, referring to the anti-establishment party set up by the comedian Beppe Grillo.
Had it passed, the bill would have paved the way for an early parliamentary election, most likely at the end of September.
A deal on the proposed electoral law, a proportional system similar to Germany’s, was struck last month by the leaders of Italy’s three largest parties — former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and the 5Star Movement. The far-right Northern League also supported the proposal.
The 5Stars said they were not responsible for the bill unraveling in a secret ballot. On Thursday Roberto Fico, one of the party’s leaders, was quoted by Italian media as saying that it would be ”irresponsible” to drop the new law.
President Sergio Mattarella has stressed Italy needs a new electoral law before it goes to the polls as the current law risks creating competing majorities in the two chambers of parliament, making the country ungovernable. The election must be held by spring 2018.
Cross-posted from: http://www.politico.eu/article/deal-on-new-electoral-law-is-dead-says-it...