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Italy's Berlusconi Demands Renzi's Senate Reform Be Negotiated

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April 05, 2014 AT 11:00 AM
Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday demanded a renegotiation of a reform of the upper house of parliament to which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has tied his political future. Renzi, 39, has vowed to quit if parliament blocks the reform of the Senate, part of a wider drive to slim down Italy's political apparatus and fix an electoral system blamed for creating deadlock and unstable governments. Berlusconi had previously said his center-right Forza Italia party would back the package, whose outlines he agreed with Renzi in January.