Italy: 5-Star Movement supporters rally as Chamber of Deputies passes new electoral law in secret vote

Hundreds of supporters of the 5-Star Movement party gathered outside the Montecitorio government palace in Rome on Thursday, as the Italian Chamber of Deputies held a secret vote to give its final approval on a new electoral law inside the building. Mayor of Rome and 5-Star Movement party deputy Virginia Raggi addressed the crowd alongside the party's deputy Alessandro Di Battista and prime... Еще ministerial candidate Luigi Di Maio. «We must let our voice be heard,» said Raggi. «The Parliament has the right to express itself, and it is not correct, once again, to place [the vote of] confidence on an electoral law,» she added. While on Wednesday the legislature passed the bill by 307 votes to 90 — this being the first vote of four on the matter -, the secret ballot was approved by 375 votes to 215. The bill will now move to the upper house. If passed, the new system would facilitate coalition-building prior to elections. Its opponents fear would harm the electoral chances of the 5-Star Movement which reportedly rejects tie-ups with other parties. Italian national elections are due by May next year.

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