October 12, 2017 / 7:27 PM / in a year

Italy lower house passes new electoral law, moves on to Senate

The Lower House of the Parliament is seen during a vote for electoral law in Rome, Italy, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian Chamber of Deputies on Thursday gave its final approval to a contested electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year’s election.

The bill, which is supported by the ruling Democratic Party (PD) and mainstream center-right opposition parties, was approved in a secret ballot by 375 votes to 215, and will now move to the upper house Senate for further debate.

The so-called ‘Rosatellum’ law favors parties which group together ahead of the election. The 5-Star refuses to join any alliance and says the reform could cost it at least 50 seats in the next parliament, hobbling its chances of taking power.

reporting by Gavin Jones, editing by Crispian Balmer

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