Italian prime minister's proposed constitutional reform for direct election of prime minister criticized by opposition

By Simone Cantarini, 7 November
Flag of Italy (photo credit: greghristov via pixabay)
Flag of Italy (photo credit: greghristov via pixabay)
The constitutional reform proposed [on 3 November] by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing government, which includes the direct election of the prime minister, has come under heavy criticism, with some calling it sloppy and others saying it falls far short of previous proposals and EU standards. Presented by Meloni as the “reform of reforms”, the bill has been fiercely contested by opposition parties and experts alike. [...] The text will amend three articles of the Constitution: Article 88 on the head of state’s power to dissolve the Chambers, Article 92 on the prime minister’s appointment, and Article 94 on the motion of confidence and no-confidence in the government. Meloni’s reform proposal envisages a directly elected prime minister, as well as a law that would give the winning coalition or party 55% of the seats in parliament, making it easier for its laws to be passed – but, as Meloni confirmed in a press conference on 3 November, “deliberately” does not address a possible runoff system between two candidates.
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