Ital­ian law­mak­ers back push to re­duce seats in Par­lia­ment

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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.”

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