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Italy: President Mattarella pledges to solve government crisis01:04

Italy: President Mattarella pledges to solve government crisis

Italy, Rome
December 10, 2016 at 22:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italian President Sergio Mattarella announced that he is going to evaluate possible solutions in the coming hours on how to resolve the Italian governmental crisis following the referendum and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation. Mattarella was speaking at a press conference in Rome on Saturday, after meeting and discussing the matter with MPs for two consecutive days.

Mattarella said "In the hours to come I will evaluate what came out of these meetings, out of these discussions, and then I will undertake the necessary initiatives to resolve the government crisis. Our country needs a government in its fullest of functionality as soon as possible."

The Italian president added "Emerging from these meetings as a priority was a general need for harmonisation of the two laws for election of the Chamber [of Deputies] and the Senate [of the Republic]. This is an indispensable prerequisite for proceeding to elections."

Mattarella formally received Renzi's resignation on Wednesday. Renzi announced that he would step down on Sunday evening following a 'No' vote in a referendum proposing changes to the constitution. The reforms would have removed the current system of so-called perfect bicameralism whereby the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate have the exact same powers within the legislative process.

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella announced that he is going to evaluate possible solutions in the coming hours on how to resolve the Italian governmental crisis following the referendum and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation. Mattarella was speaking at a press conference in Rome on Saturday, after meeting and discussing the matter with MPs for two consecutive days.

Mattarella said "In the hours to come I will evaluate what came out of these meetings, out of these discussions, and then I will undertake the necessary initiatives to resolve the government crisis. Our country needs a government in its fullest of functionality as soon as possible."

The Italian president added "Emerging from these meetings as a priority was a general need for harmonisation of the two laws for election of the Chamber [of Deputies] and the Senate [of the Republic]. This is an indispensable prerequisite for proceeding to elections."

Mattarella formally received Renzi's resignation on Wednesday. Renzi announced that he would step down on Sunday evening following a 'No' vote in a referendum proposing changes to the constitution. The reforms would have removed the current system of so-called perfect bicameralism whereby the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate have the exact same powers within the legislative process.