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Parliament to approve constitutional reform by October 2014

Bill launched Thursday to streamline government

Parliament to approve constitutional reform by October 2014

Rome, June 6 - The Italian parliament is set to approve the constitutional reform bill passed on Thursday by the end of October 2014, according to Reform Minister Gaetano Quagliariello. The cabinet headed by Premier Enrico Letta on Thursday launched a bill setting out procedures to reform the Italian Constitution to streamline government. Premier Letta has set an 18-month deadline for the reform, which will be aided by a committee of experts on the constitution. "By that time, the committee of experts that have been appointed today will have finished their work and presented their report to the government," he said. The 40-strong committee will address issues such as the form of the Italian state and government, and will also be able to re-write the new electoral law. The current electoral law has been widely criticised because it does not let voters pick their MPs and tends to produce different majorities in the two houses, as happened in February's general election which led to two months of deadlock.

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