Italy to ban con­victed crim­i­nals from par­lia­ment and government

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - HTWORLD -

Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Mario Monti’s cab­i­net in­tro­duced new rules to keep con­victed crim­i­nals out of pol­i­tics, as Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni’s scan­dal-rid­den Peo­ple of Free­dom party with­drew its sup­port for the government in par­lia­ment. With na­tional elec­tions ex­pected in the next few months, the mea­sure is aimed at restor­ing cred­i­bil­ity to a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem shaken by a se­ries of scan­dals. Italy’s au­dit court has es­ti­mated that cor­rup­tion costs the state about 60 bil­lion eu­ros ($77.92 bil­lion) per year.

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