Italian politicians back policy to reduce their number

The anti-establishment government says the move will save $330,000 a day.

    The Italian Senate is the upper chamber of the second-largest parliament in Europe [Remo Casilli/Reuters]
    The Italian Senate is the upper chamber of the second-largest parliament in Europe [Remo Casilli/Reuters]

    Italy's parliament has approved a cut to the number of politicians, an overhaul that has been advocated by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

    The reform - approved on Tuesday by 553 votes to 14 - will cut the total number of politicians by almost a third, from 945 to 600. It was a flagship measure promised by the anti-establishment Five Stars, which in August forged an uneasy ruling coalition with the country's centre-left Democrats.

    The Five Stars have always pledged to tackle wasteful spending and say the cut will deliver savings of 300,000 euros ($330,000) a day.

    Italy has the second-highest number of legislators in Europe after the UK, with 630 elected politicians in the lower house and 315 in the senate.

     

    SOURCE: AP news agency