Italian lawmakers back push to reduce seats in Parliament
ROME — Italian lawmakers have backed a radical overhaul of the country's parliament that will see around a third of them losing their job.
The long-awaited reform, overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the lower house, will see the total number of lawmakers slashed by about a third, from 945 to 600. The vote, the final one in the parliamentary process, was 553-14.
The reform is set to be implemented after the next scheduled elections in 2023, though there are potentially further hurdles to clear, including a possible referendum.
The reduction was a proposal of the antiestablishment 5-Stars, which in August forged a coalition with the center-left Democrats. They said the reduction will save about $330,000 a day.
Premier Giuseppe Conte hailed the decision as “a historic day for Italy.”