Italian govt presents anti-corruption bill to House

Proposal already passed in Senate, comes after wave of scandals

Italian govt presents anti-corruption bill to House

Rome, October 19 - The Italian government presented its long-awaited but controversial anti-corruption bill to the House on Monday. "The time has come to turn this bill into a law," said Justice Minister Paola Severino from the floor of the House. The bill was launched amid a welter of scandals across the country some have said surpass the early 1990s Bribesville scandals that took down the political establishment that had ruled Italy since the Second World War. The bill's provision to shorten the statute of limitations in some cases of corruption has been the main target of critics who argue that several high-profile trials will be timed out. Some have also said it leaves out other key issues like the control of local-government spending and a ban on incriminated politicians standing for office again. Severino says the government plans to address these issues in separate bills. The anti-corruption bill was approved by the Senate two weeks ago.

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