Italian government wins latest confidence vote on electoral law
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.