By Giada Zampano

ROME--Italy's highest court ruled Wednesday on the legitimacy of the country's electoral law, ordering limited changes that could pave the way for early elections as soon as June.

In a much-anticipated ruling, Italy's constitutional court kept the bulk of the law unchanged, scrapping only some aspects of it, including the second-round runoff ballot.

This will make the negotiations between Italy's political parties on crafting a new electoral system easier, likely bringing forward the date of national elections, which were originally slated for early 2018.

Constitutional law experts said the court decision made snap polls as early as June a concrete option.

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January 25, 2017 12:31 ET (17:31 GMT)

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