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Italy's government to scrap party funding

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Italy's government to scrap party funding
Italy's coalition government has agreed to scrap public funding for politic parties. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
11:33 CET+01:00
Italian prime minister Enrico Letta said on Friday that the coalition government had agreed to scrap public funding for political parties.

The announcement came via his Twitter account ahead of a cabinet meeting on Friday morning.

"I promised in April to abolish public funding for political parties by the end of the year. I confirmed this on Wednesday. Today, the council of ministers will keep the promise."

Letta's pledge to scrap party funding came after a series of high-profile corruption scandals across various levels of the country's political system.

Reform Minister Gaetano Quagliariello also took to Twitter to announce the move, adding, "Now we move forward with the reduction of the number of parliamentarians. These are deeds".

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