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Italy has 'acute need' for institutional reform - president

New election law, change to parliamentary set-up needed

Italy has 'acute need' for institutional reform - president

(see related story) Rome, May 16 - Italy has an "acute need" for institutional reform, President Giorgio Napolitano said on Thursday. Premier Enrico Letta has said institutional reforms to make Italy easier to govern are a priority for his left-right coalition government, which was sworn in last month to end Italy's two-month post-election political deadlock. These reforms should include a new election law to replace the much-criticised current one that failed to produce a clear winner in February's general election. The measures will also look to change the current parliamentary set-up in which all laws must be approved by both the House and Senate. This is blamed by many for being one of the major sources of dysfunction for Italy's institutions. "Renewal of our institutions and of our institutional representatives is what our country has an acute need of," Napolitano said at the Turin book fair.

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