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ROME Nike Air Max Plus TN Ultra UK , Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Italian Senate passed an electoral reform bill on Tuesday, seen as one of the major overhauls Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's cabinet vowed to implement.

The draft law was approved with 184 votes in favor and 66 votes against.

The reform aims to grant more political stability to the country, according to the cabinet.

Under the new electoral system Nike Air Max Plus TN UK , the party that receives the most votes in a ballot would be given a premium in terms of additional seats in parliament.

More specifically, the winning party would gain 340 of the 630 seats in the Lower House, as long as it reaches more than 40 percent of the votes. In case no party attains such a percentage in the first round Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit UK , a run-off between the two most-voted parties or lists would follow and the winner would receive the premium.

The threshold to enter parliament would be set at 3 percent.

In a separate constitutional reform bill, the Italian parliament is discussing demoting the Senate into a non-elected assembly and stripping it off its current equal legislative status with the Lower House.

The electoral bill is considered a very relevant reform in Italy, which has long been plagued by a fragmented political system. Furthermore Nike Air Presto UK , the current electoral system was declared partially unconstitutional by Italy's Highest Court in December 2013, and it has been widely blamed for producing unclear majorities and, consequently Nike Air Presto Essential UK , unstable cabinets.

The bill still needs to be approved by the Lower House to become law, with this final vote expected by April at the latest, Constitutional Reforms Minister Maria Elena Boschi recently said.

The definitive approval should come quite easily Nike Air Max 97 Mens UK , since the coalition supporting the cabinet holds a stable majority in the Chamber of Deputies.

In fact, the Lower House had already passed the bill in March 2014, but the draft law was then substantially changed during Senate proceedings. Given Italy's "perfect bicameralism Nike Air Max 97 Red UK ," which gives both chambers equal powers, the text has therefore to be discussed and voted again by deputies.

The new electoral system would not come into force before July 2016 as specified in a safeguard clause in the text, which resulted from a deal to revamp reforms struck by Renzi and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi in November 2014.

After months of difficult talks Nike Air Max 97 Green UK , senators voted the electoral bill quite swiftly on Tuesday afternoon, as a new big challenge awaits Italy's politics.

All parties are involved in intense consultations since Tuesday in order to find a name to replace 89-year-old Giorgio Napolitano as president of the republic, who resigned on Jan 14.

The first round of voting to elect the new president will take place in a joint session of both houses of parliament on Thursday.

ISTANBUL, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's Health Ministry is mulling a new anti-tobacco campaign in its efforts to curb the rising number of smokers across the country, prompting doubts about their efficacy from sellers and smokers alike.

"In 2017, cigarettes would have to come in plain packages in which the logos will be indistinguishable," Health Minister Recep Akdag said on Monday at a parliamentary session.

As part of the measures, the cigarette packages will no longer be visible in shops and the shopkeepers will be required to keep them in closed cases, the minister noted.

He said that "a serious program" is needed to tackle the issue, as the rate of smokers aged over 15 has increased from 23 percent to 27 percent in the last four years.

Tobacco sellers in Istanbul's bustling Istiklal Avenue argued that the new campaign would certainly impact the sales but would be unable to prevent people from smoking.

"First of all, it is for sure that we would experience a significant drop in our tobacco products' sales," said Ekrem Unlu, the owner of Venus buffet, who expected his sales to drop as much as 20 percent.

Leyla Celikten, the owner of another small shop at the corner of the street, was considering dropping the tobacco business altogether, as she predicted up to 30 percent drop in her sales.

"Why would I lose time and energy in selling cigarettes as if it is something illegal?" she said, noting she could not imagine how she will be able to pick the right box in closed cases as she cannot distinguish different products.

It will not be easy either for customers to decide easily on what to buy in the absence of distinguishable brands, argued Unlu and Celikten.

"I'm sure that the smokers will tend to prefer to buy their cigarettes from smugglers instead, who are present in every corner," Unlu said, speaking of the authorities' inadequacy in curbing the sales of smuggled tobacco products.

Some smokers also voiced their doubts about the efficiency of the measures to be introduced in combating smoking.

Ebru Alkan, a female smoker in her 30s, said the new campaign has a potential to drive the young people toward smoking no-name products rather than quitting.

Another young woman noted that the youth tend to be against all kind of bans. "Instead, the bans would provoke them into increased smoking," she remarked.

Turkish officials have been considering replacing the pictorial warnings on the boxes with more disturbing, dreadful images of people who have developed smoking-related sicknesses.

"Only these kinds of pictures could prevent me from buying cigarettes because I'm scared of death so much," said 24-year-old smoker Gizem Gulmek. "However no ban could ever force me to quit smoking."

Turkey banned smoking in all indoor spaces, including restaurants, bars and cafes, in 2008. A year later the ban was extended to sites such as stadiums, mosque courtyards and hospitals.

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