Meloni says centre-right bloc will bring in presidentialism

Centre-right will bring in presidentialism, says Meloni


Brothers of Italy (FdI) leader Giorgia Meloni says the centre-right bloc she leads will bring in presidentialism on its own if it gets a two thirds majority in parliament.

At the centre-right’s last rally before Sunday’s general election, Fdl leader Meloni said the centre-right would make the election of the Italian president a direct one by the Italian people.

“We will make a reform in a presidential direction and we will be happy if the Left wants to give us a hand; but if the Italians give us the numbers we will also do it on our own.” Meloni was speaking at a huge rally in Rome’s central Piazza del Popolo alongside allies Matteo Salvini of the League and Silvio Berlusconi of Forza Italia (FI).

If the centre-right gets two thirds of the House and Senate in Sunday’s vote it can pass presidentialism by changing the Italian Constitution. The majority would also mean they won’t need it confirmed in a referendum by the Italian people.

Meloni’s vow was condemned in a newspaper interview Friday by the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader Enrico Letta.

“Yesterday the last mask slipped: they want to rip up the Constitution, also on their own. And they do not make a secret of it. We will prevent them from doing so,” the ex-premier told Corriere della Sera.

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