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If the Italicum fails, is there need to vote? “No, the opposite scenario is the most likely. If the Italicum does not fail, votes are needed”. The representative of the Democratic, Stefano Fassina, is straightforward in describing what is happening and why. Renzi is bulldozing everything that is opposed to “his” reforms, but his menaces do not explain his main aim. He wants to vote with a law that could let him keep the only Chamber that will still be working after the abolition of the Senate (which is not going to result in a decrease of general expenses).

Hence, it is getting tense. “Supporting this law would be raping the Italian democracy – said Simone Forlan (member of the Presidency office of Forza Italia and leader of Berlusconi’s Army). Nevertheless, it is normal for the opposition to raise its voice, a PD (Democratic Party) member, Roberto Speranza, said, “A vote of confidence would be a huge politic mistake, an abuse to the Italian Parliament”. Shortly, a vote of confidence seems to be a slap to every prerogative democratic debate of the parliament.

Poison and subterfuges; everything is coming up during these last hours before the vote. “Disproportionate phone calls concerning the representatives of the parliament and the vote on Tuesday are very numerous”.

Shortly, it is Renzi against everyone else. This morning in the Chamber, the law is going to be discussed. The Senate approved the text on March 12, 2015; it is made of four articles, four speakers of the government will discuss it. They should conclude before the end of the day. However, the Italicum is going to be truly discussed on Tuesday, when it is going to be voted.

One of the main critics to the Italicum is that the majority of the Parliament is going to be appointed, not voted.

According to the reform, deputies are voted in 100 in electoral colleges are going to vote 6 or 7 parliamentarians. If the reform would not be approved, it is being postponed to July 2016, when it is not going to be necessary to vote.

Nevertheless, it is necessary to clarify: according to this new text the new Senate should be composed of 150 senators, who are not going to earn anything, and cannot vote. Shortly, a new chamber without its power and role, but the State is not going to save anything. Even though there is no actual income for, there are still refunds, office expenses, employees, trips and benefits. Hence, this reform does not safe as much as it promises.

The Italicum is going to avoid coalitions of parties created just for the elections and that die shortly after the Election Day. It is now possible for the candidate to have up to three colleagues from the same region.

In addition, there is a rule to protect parties that are strongly tied to their region, as the Lega Nord. Every region that gets more than 8% become part of the Parliament.

This reform could make things easier. Today the confrontation begins … Although, it is probably better to call it slash.

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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