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The Italian Election Unravelled

The complexity of Italian politics is always interesting and sometimes rather puzzling for the outsider.

I have been asked many times in the past few weeks how the Italian electoral system works and what will happen now after the hung election to try to unravel what looks like a stalemate, so a new government might be achieved.

To start let’s look at how the parliament is made up. There are two chambers both with elected members and a few unelected ones. The Chamber of Deputies is elected on a national basis and the Senate is elected on a regional basis, there are also five life senators appointed by the President of the Republic.

The first hurdle after the election was passed quickly and almost without a hitch, that was the election of the two house speakers by the members at the opening session of parliament. This was very important, as the President of the Senate is the second most important person in the country, deputising for the President of theRepubblicif he is indisposed. The th…

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