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Monday, 24 February 2014 | MYT 10:20 PM

Italy's Renzi says institutional reforms to be agreed by March

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he wanted to begin debate on proposals to eliminate the Senate as a lawmaking body and streamline the roles of regional governments by March in a speech ahead of a confidence vote on Monday.

The constitutional reforms must be passed twice by each house of parliament without changes before they become law, and they could be challenged by a popular referendum.

The changes are supposed to be done within the framework of an election law reform Renzi agreed with centre-right Silvio Berlusconi last month.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer, editing by Naomi O'Leary)


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