September 15, 2016
Five Star Movement says would like to lead interim government
We picked up this story on a statement by Luigi di Maio, deputy speaker of the Italian chamber of deputies, and a leading figure of the Five Star Movement. Di Maio, who is only 30 years old, said he was ready to lead an interim administration if Matteo Renzi ends up losing the vote on the constitutional referendum in November or December. The main job of such an administration would be to draft reforms to the recently passed electoral laws. In case of a No vote, plans to turn the Senate into an unelected revising chamber would not take place, and Italy would continue with a bi-cameral parliamentary system. The recently introduced electoral reforms, however, only concern the lower house - on the assumption that the constitutional changes would be passed. Di Maio says that the decision would obviously be up to the president, but he said there would be three options: dissolve parliament, find someone to lead a new government, or install an interim administration with the mandate to change the electoral law ahead of new elections. He said that an interim government led by him would also deal with justice and administration reforms.