Italians vote to cut size of parliament by a third, country to save £918m

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Italians have voted in a referendum to cut the size of the country’s parliament by more than a third.Almost 70% of people voted in favour of the change, with almost all votes counted.

The total number of MPs and senators will be cut from 945 to 600. The change had already been pushed through parliament.

the move seeks to cuts lower house lawmakers from 630 to 400 and those in the Senate from 315 to 200.
The referendum was pushed by the Five Star Movement, part of the governing coalition, which argued that the move would reduce costs.

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At the close of two days of voting Monday, turnout nationwide was 53%, including those who voted from home or hospitals because they were quarantining or sick with COVID-19. An army of volunteers, wearing head-to-toe protective equipment, made house calls to ensure that even virus-affected Italians could cast ballots- the Associated Press reported

according to the BBC, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, a senior Five Star figure, described the result as “historic”.
“We can go back to having a normal parliament, with fewer privileges and 345 fewer seats,” he said.
Last October, Five Star said streamlining parliament would save the country £918m over 10 years.

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