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Silvio Berlusconi vows to grab more power in Italy at Parliament's expense - Times Online

Silvio Berlusconi vowed yesterday to change the Italian constitution to give himself greater power as Prime Minister at the expense of Parliament, which he denounced as "useless".

"You have a Government that is for the first time run by an entrepreneur and a team of ministers that resembles a company board in its efficiency, but we have to reckon with a legislature that must be modernised because the premier has virtually no power," Mr Berlusconi told the annual conference of Confindustria, an employers' federation.

He said that a Bill changing the constitution would have to take the form of a "popular initiative" taken outside parliament, as deputies and senators would not undermine their own power. Under Italian law, Bills can be proposed not only by deputies, but also by groups of 500,000 citizens. "You can't expect turkeys to vote to bring forward Christmas," he said -- adding that the Lower House should be reduced to 100 deputies.

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by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 01:50:13 PM EST
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