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Things have been looking up for Mario Monti’s interim government, with many observers happy to say that, at first at least, he has been a fast success as Italian Prime Minister.However, it is still early days. Monti, in office since November, has suffered his first major defeat in the Italian parliament.
Reuters reports that Monti’s government lost a vote (264 to 211) in Italy’s chamber of deputies to pass a legal amendment that would allow civilians to bring civil suits against magistrates for trial errors, Reuters reports.
The change would mean that judges were personally responsible for legal errors, and many magistrates had protested the amendment.
The amendment was put forward by Umberto Bossi’s Northern League and supported by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s PDL party. Monti’s government had opposed the amendment, and justice minister Paola Severin has vowed to reverse the decision.
Loud cheering from sidelined politicians accompanied the decision.
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