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Italy's center-left leader Veltroni outlines campaign platform for April vote

Italy's center-left leader Veltroni outlines campaign platform for April vote

Italy's center-left candidate for premier outlined his campaign platform Monday, saying he wants to reduce the number of lawmakers and Cabinet ministers to cut costs and speed up decision-making.
Walter Veltroni said that if elected premier at April elections, he would propose reducing the number of deputies in the lower house of parliament to 470 from the current 630, and that of senators to 100 from 315.
Both the lower house and the Senate now have legislative functions, with approval from both houses required to pass laws. Veltroni would make the lower house deal with national legislation and the Senate mainly handle regional issues.
Veltroni also said he plans to reduce the number of ministers to 12, adding that the move should help speed up the decision-making process. Currently, there are about twice as many ministers in the outgoing government of Premier Romano Prodi.
"Our idea is that of a faster country, free from vetoes and other constraints," Veltroni told reporters.
Veltroni's pledges to cut costs come as Italians have become fed up with the privileges and perks of the Italian political class.
Other plans announced in Veltroni's program include tax cuts, new public infrastructure including high-speed trains and measures to increase security and boost national competitiveness.
Veltroni, 52, is up against conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi, who entered the race as a front-runner, according to opinion polls.
The April 13-14 elections were called three years ahead of schedule because Prodi's center-left government fell last month after only 20 months in office. Veltroni resigned as Rome's mayor earlier this month to concentrate on campaigning.
As part of his campaign, Veltroni is touring Italy aboard an eco-friendly bus.


Updated : 2021-06-20 08:34 GMT+08:00