Italy Votes on Referendum For or Against Changes in Political System


Time: 4:35 p.m. CEST

Italians should decide on December 4 on the proposal by the center-left Prime minister Matteo Renzi about the reducing the power of the second chamber of Parliament, which is equal to the Chamber of Deputies.

BBCNews.com says that the proposal includes the cuts of Senators from 315 to 100 and ends the right of the Senate “to hold votes of no confidence in the government.”

Parties who opposed Renzi’s proposals campaigned for a “NO” vote with arguments that the changes would concentrate much power in the executive part of the government, and Renzi said he would resign if he loses.

The voting process began on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and would end at 11:00 p.m. local time, with results on Monday. Renzi’s proposal is to improve the law-making process in Italy, which includes 60 governments since 1948.

An opinion poll in November said that, “NO” vote has a lead of at least five percentage points, although many Italians are undecided. If Renzi looses, that could challenge the stability in the eurozone’s area.

Italy is third largest economy in the common European financial zone. Other options are that “President Sergio Mattarella could ask him to form a new government or appoint a technocratic prime minister to serve until elections due in 2018,” BBCNews.com says.

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