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January 23, 2020 Green light from the Court of Cassation in the referendum on the law that cuts elected parliamentarians.

The Central Office for the referendum of the Court, with an order filed today, declared that the request for a referendum on the text of the constitutional law containing "modification of articles 56, 57 and 59 of the Constitution regarding the reduction of the number of parliamentarians", supported since the signature of 71 Senators, it complies with article 138 of the Constitution and has therefore ascertained the legitimacy of the referendum question proposed by the same.

The Court of Cassation reports this. So we will go directly to the polls against the cut of parliamentarians.

On 8 October the House approved the reform aimed at reducing the number of parliamentarians from 630 to 400 deputies and from 315 to 200 senators with 553 votes in favor, 12 against and two abstentions. The reform also cuts the number of parliamentarians who are elected abroad, which go from 12 to 8 in the House and from 6 to 4 in the Senate.

Being a constitutional reform, the law on the cut of parliamentarians was approved in double reading, with two passages in the House and two in the Senate. According to article 138 of the Constitution: “The laws themselves are subject to popular referendum when, within three months of their publication, one fifth of the members of a House or five hundred thousand electors or five Regional Councils request them. The referendum law is not promulgated unless it is approved by the majority of valid votes. "

We are now thinking about the possible date for the referendum consultation. Now the Council of Ministers will have 60 days to decide the date which should be a Sunday between 50 and 70 days from today.