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Huffington Post Italia - Italy | Friday, March 7, 2014

Matteo Renzi's peculiar transformation

Italy's new head of government Matteo Renzi has reached a compromise for an electoral law reform with Berlusconi's party, Forza Italia. However the new electoral law, known as the "Italicum", won't apply for both chambers of parliament, but only for the Chamber of Deputies. This arrangement testifies to Renzi's versatility, the Huffington Post Italia comments: "Just a few days after the dawn of Italy's era of renewal we are witnessing a masterpiece of parliamentary illusionism. The Italicum, the spectacular passage of which formed the basis of Renzi's accession to power, was first torpedoed only to be reborn in a modified version with different goals. ... Day by day, Renzi reveals a little more how similar he is to the traditional politicians. After promising to change the system and to scrap the old ways of doing politics, he has seized power without asking the voters' permission. Now he is sitting firmly in the saddle thanks to his parliamentary manoeuvring."

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