Ital­ian govern­ment wins lat­est con­fi­dence vote on elec­toral law

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ROME: The Ital­ian govern­ment on Thurs­day won the last of three con­fi­dence votes it had called on a con­tested elec­toral law that is likely to pe­nal­ize the anti­estab­lish­ment 5-Star Move­ment in next year’s elec­tion.

The cen­ter-left coali­tion, sup­ported by most main­stream op­po­si­tion cen­ter­right par­ties, says the re­form is needed to har­mo­nize dis­parate vot­ing sys­tems in the up­per and lower houses of par­lia­ment. The so-called ‘Rosatel­lum’ fa­vors par­ties which group to­gether ahead of the elec­tion. The 5-Star re­fuses to join any al­liance and says the re­form could cost it at least 50 seats in the next par­lia­ment, hob­bling its chances of tak­ing power.

The bill now faces a se­cret bal­lot by the same par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in the lower house, giv­ing dis­si­dent par­lia­men­tar­i­ans of all colors a chance to shoot it down, as hap­pened in June to a pre­vi­ous elec­toral pro­posal.

It is ex­pected to be held by Fri­day.

A re­newed de­feat would be a se­ri­ous set­back for Prime Min­is­ter Paolo Gen­tiloni and could trig­ger his res­ig­na­tion.

If it over­comes this hur­dle, the pack­age will still need the ap­proval of the up­per house Sen­ate, where Gen­tiloni’s govern­ment does not have a sta­ble ma­jor­ity.

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