The Chamber destroys Giorgia Meloni’s French presidentialism. The script is also repeated in the Chamber: as already happened in the commission, the suppressive amendments presented by the 5 Star Movement are approved, which stop the constitutional reform that aimed to introduce the direct election of the Head of State.
And, again as already happened in the committee, the absences among the allies’ desks weighed down: scrolling through the voting records, in fact, the absences not motivated by mission that are recorded among the ranks of Forza Italia and Lega (16 deputies Azzurri and 26 leaguers, in all the absent so to speak ‘unjustified’ in the center-right are about seventy).
It may appear a mathematical question, but in reality it has nothing technical: the difference between the votes in favor (M5s, Pd, Leu and Alternative, plus the minor forces) to the suppressive amendments and the votes against (Lega, FdI and Forza Italia, plus center-right minors) never exceeds 35 votes. The absences of Forza Italia and Lega instead reach 42 votes. Italia viva opts for an encore of the abstention vote, saying it is in favor of a reform in the presidential sense but contrary to the text branded FdI.
Left and M5S compact in the Chamber to bury the FDI proposal to allow citizens to vote for the PdR. Their only priority is to manage power at the expense of the Italians.
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– Brothers of Italy (@FratellidItalia) May 10, 2022
But, unlike what happened in the first round in committee, this time the leader of FdI chooses not to attack the allies of the coalition. Even in the hot statements after the vote, Meloni does not sink the blow and on the contrary emphasizes the “convergence” of the center-right (“today’s vote demonstrates that beyond our difficulties on the major fundamental issues we have a convergence”), while adding that “on the rest, however, we must see” and despite the tones used on the eve (“we will see how many have the courage to support the reform, there are no more excuses”, were his words).
But that behind the vote in Montecitorio on presidentialism and above all on the other reform, the modification of the elective base of the Senate from regional to circumscription (the Chamber gave the first green light to the Fornaro text with the expected no from the center-right) are actually concealed other perspectives concerning the reform of the voting system, according to several deputies, Meloni herself would let it be understood, which not surprisingly states: “I trust in the compactness of the center-right in rejecting an electoral law proposal in a proportional sense“.
Moreover, that the electoral reform is on standby pending the outcome of the municipal elections in June is one of the most accredited rumors in the political buildings. “After the administrative elections we will understand if there is a common path on which to base an improvement in the current electoral law”, explains for example the pentastellato D’Incà minister.
A few days ago the Democratic Party’s seminar in which all the ‘current leaders’ dem – with the approval of the secretary who sent his right-hand man Marco Meloni – in fact married the proportional, converging on the need to field an initiative formal to break the deadlock.
And it is no mystery that the spotlight is focused primarily on Forza Italia, but also on the Lega, in the belief – which unites part of the dem but also of the pentastellati – che the outcome of the June elections could represent a watershed for Matteo Salvini’s party depending on the result of the votes to individual parties within the center-right coalition.
According to some parliamentarians of the center-left area, a confirmation that the hostilities on the proportional could be not far from ceasing would be observed by observing the attitude held today by the League (and by the rest of the center-right) on the reform of the elective base of the Senate: it is true that it remains the no League, because – as the group leader in the commission Igor Iezzi reiterated in the Chamber, the will of a proportional electoral law hides behind it – but it is equally true that the League has withdrawn all the ‘obstructive’ amendments. Just as Forza Italia has not raised barricades.
There is therefore among the former Giallorossi the conviction that the reform of the elective base of the Senate will be put on stand by at Palazzo Madama, waiting to see the internal developments in the center-right and, therefore, to re-introduce the electoral law chapter. “With the modification of the Senate election base from regional to district, it will be possible to write an electoral law capable of giving more representation and greater stability”, says for example the leader of Leu Federico Fornaro.
Meloni, after an appeal addressed in the Chamber to the entire majority not to vote on the suppressive amendments, declaring himself willing to discuss changes to his text, focuses his arrows on the Pd and M5s (“they want to continue the palace games”). The two parties are compact at the appointment and both highlight the “instrumentality” of wanting to vote for a constitutional reform 11 months after the end of the legislature, “an electoral flag”.
“It would never see the light, even if there had been a yes from the Chamber”, is the reasoning that also unites the Renzians. But beyond the constitutional reforms voted today, the real issue on which the parties are ‘sniffing’ is precisely the electoral reform. The words of the Speaker of the House, Roberto Fico, who said he was convinced that, did not escape today “there is still room to change it”. He sentence that he sent FdI into a rage, which speaks of intervention “on the verge of interference”, but no comments came from the Azzurri and leaguers.