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Image caption Italian Foreign Minister and Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio (C) celebrated the cutting of seats outside parliament in Rome. Italy's parliament has voted to cut the number of representatives in both houses by more than a third. The lower house approved a law to reduce the number of MPs from 630 to 400 and senators from 315 to 200. The reform was a manifesto promise of the populist Five Star Movement, the main party in Italy's governing coalition. They say it will streamline parliament and save hundreds of millions of euros in salaries and expenses. However, critics say the move will weaken democracy and increase the influence of lobbyists. The new law is potentially subject to... Full story

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