Italian Senate vote gives boost to Renzi electoral law deal

January 21, 2015 2:38 PM

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Italian Senate vote gives boost to Renzi electoral law deal

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Senate approved an amendment to a new electoral law on Wednesday, paving the way to passage of a cornerstone of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's reform program in the upper house next week.

Renzi and center-right opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi agreed last year to jointly back electoral changes and constitutional reforms to foster more stability and efficiency in long-dysfunctional Italian politics, but the right-left pact has encountered increasing opposition from within both part...

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