ITALIAN PARLIAMENT VOTED TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF PARLIAMENT




İrem UZUN -TDO- Italy's parliament voted on Tuesday on cutting the number of representatives in the country's upper and lower houses from a whopping 945 to 600.The new law should come into effect after the next elections which are due in 2023.Slashing the total number of MPs and senators in Italy by 345 - more than a third - was a flagship manifesto promise of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which is now in power as part of a coalition government and has promised voters it would tackle political elitism and wasteful spending.

However, critics say the move will weaken democracy and increase the influence of lobbyists. The new law is potentially subject to a confirmatory referendum as it makes changes to the Italian constitution.

"It's the day we've been awaiting forever," Cabinet Secretary Riccardo Fraccaro said. "After almost 30 years of broken promises, the cut in MPs and senators is a reality. A new political season is starting, now the citizens are at the center. "Five Star Movement says it will streamline parliament and save hundreds of millions of Euros in salaries and expenses. In their official Twitter account, 5-Star said the bill - which was supported by almost all parties - would save the country €1bn (£897m) over 10 years.