mercoledì 24 settembre 2014

Forza Italia to cast blank ballots on judicial posts

Chaos over Constitutional Court vacancies set to continue

(ANSA) - Rome, September 23 - The chaos over parliament's inability to select new members of the Constitutional Court looks set to continue, as Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party has instructed its lawmakers to cast blank ballots in a vote on Tuesday, ANSA sources said. Tuesday's vote is set to be the 14th to elect new members of the Constitutional Court and there is a similar stalemate on the appointment of new members of the Italian judiciary's self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM). The difficult situation has been complicated by reports that FI's candidate to be a new Constitutional Court member, Donato Bruno, is under investigation over alleged fraud in the bankruptcy of clothing giant Ittierre.

Bruno, a lawyer, said he has not received any notice he is being probed after reports that prosecutors are looked into how he was appointed as a consultant for Ittierre by his office colleague Stanislao Chimenti, one of Ittierre's liquidators, and pocketed a fee of 2.5 million euros. President Giorgio Napolitano and the speakers of both houses of parliament have made repeated appeals for Italy's political parties to put aside their differences and end the impasse. 

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