Constitutional Court to review contested election law

'Porcellum' widely blamed for post-election deadlock

Constitutional Court to review contested election law

Rome, May 17 - The supreme Court of Cassation on Friday called on the Constitutional Court to review Italy's contested election law. In its motion, the Cassation specifically called into question the systems by which bonus seats are granted in both the House and Senate. Italy's current law - passed under a previous government of Silvio Berlusconi and often referred to as the Porcellum, or 'Pig's dinner' - has also been widely criticised for distancing politicians from voters, who effectively cannot pick their representatives, as party leaders have the power to name candidates on so-called 'blocked lists', which are then voted on. It has also been blamed for creating two months of political deadlock after inconclusive February elections that ultimately produced the unprecedented left-right government of Enrico Letta. The government has pledged to reform it.

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