ROME (Reuters) – Italian lawmakers rejected a bid on Monday to set minimum quotas for women in parliament under a new electoral law but are expected to pass the package as a whole, advancing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s quest for wider economic reforms.
Reforming the system blamed for leaving Italy with a deadlocked parliament has been a top priority for Renzi since he took over leadership of the main center-left Democratic Party (PD) last year.
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left leader and impending prime minister said on Thursday he expected to have his new cabinet in place by the weekend, dismissing speculation that wrangling with his likely coalition partners was holding up an agreement.
“In a matter of hours, we’ll have everything wrapped up,” Matteo Renzi told reporters as he left the Rome headquarters of his center-left Democratic Party.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi said he expected his new government to be in place in time for a formal vote of confidence in parliament on Monday, after he wrapped up consultations with the main political parties.
“I’m convinced that the conditions are in place to do good work,” Renzi told reporters on Wednesday after completing talks with parliamentary groups.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi began the delicate task of trying to form a new government on Tuesday, facing questions about how he will fill key ministerial posts and the details of his ambitious reform agenda.
Renzi has promised a rapid program of reforms, pledging to tackle the electoral and constitutional system, overhaul the public administration and reform labor market and tax rules, all within four months of taking office.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta met center-left leader Matteo Renzi on Wednesday for a showdown that could decide whether the premier cedes his place as head of the fragile coalition government less than a year after taking office.
The two met in Letta’s office in Palazzo Chigi a day before a meeting of the 140-strong leadership group of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) that is due to decide whether the largest party in the coalition will continue to support the prime minister.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Tuesday promised new measures to lift the economy and strengthen his fragile coalition after weeks of tension with his own party leader Matteo Renzi over the slow pace of reforms.
Renzi, the new leader of the centereft Democratic Party (PD), has said the government would be better off calling new elections if it is unable to push reforms more effectively.
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s main political parties agreed adjustments to center-left leader Matteo Renzi’s electoral reform proposals that should clear the way for the closely watched package to come before parliament on Thursday.
The measures, designed to prevent the kind of messy stalemate left by last year’s deadlocked elections, are seen as vital to allowing the creation of stable governments capable of tackling deep reforms to Italy’s stagnant economy.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi warned rival parties on Tuesday not to hold up electoral reform after they tabled scores of amendments that risked delaying legislation that could pave the way for wider economic measures.
The proposed changes to the electoral system are designed to avoid a repeat of the stalemate produced by last year’s poll and were agreed in advance with center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi. They should produce a clear winner at the next ballot by rewarding big parties and strong coalitions.
ROME, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The Italian Senate expelled Silvio
Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction on Wednesday, drawing a
defiant response from the veteran centre-right leader who vowed
to continue leading his party and fight on outside parliament.
The vote, after months of political wrangling, opens an
uncertain new phase in Italian politics, with the 77-year-old
media billionaire preparing to use all his extensive resources
to attack Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s coalition government.
ROME, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Italy’s embattled justice minister
rejected on Tuesday accusations she had used her influence to
get the ailing daughter of a disgraced insurance magnate out of
jail, but said she would quit if she lost parliament’s support.
The loss of Anna-Maria Cancellieri would deal a blow to
Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s fragile right-left coalition,
already riven with tensions before a Nov. 27 vote to expel
centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi from parliament over his
conviction for tax fraud.