Selin Atay- TDO- Premier Giuseppe Conte and Foreign Minister and 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Monday that they were in favour of lowering the voting age to 16.

Stating that “they already have it in other countries”, Giuseppe Conte said: “We still haven’t started discussing it in the government but we could do,”

By describing that “In Italy young people are called choosy, spoilt, 'Gretini', ('little Gretas', referring to climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg). “ Di Maio wrote on Facebook that “As far as we are concerned, these people should be respected, listened to and put at the center of our political world. If a 16-year-old can work and pay taxes, they should also have the right to vote and decide who makes decisions about their life".

Lorenzo Pregliasco, head of polling and political analysis firm You Trend, said 16- and 17-year-olds would make up some 2% of the electorate, or just over 1 million out of 50 million eligible voters.

Italy would be the second EU country after Austria to lower the minimum age to participate in national elections below 18.

Several EU countries, including Germany and Scotland, allow 16-year-olds to vote in local elections, but Italy would be the first large European state to allow it in parliamentary elections. In Hungary, people can vote from age 16 if they are married, otherwise they have to wait until 18.

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