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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution, BBCNews.com reports as outcome of the voting process on Sunday.
Renzi talked early Monday and took the responsibility for the results. The ‘NO’ voting has 54-58% of the votes compared to 42-46% who voted in support for the reform of Renzi to change Constitution, an exit poll of the state broadcaster RAI suggested.
“Good luck to us all,” Mr Renzi told reporters. He said he would tell a Cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon that he is resigning, and then tender his resignation to the Italian president after two-and-a-half years in office.
Voting against the reform to cut bureaucracy procedures in Italy was backed by populist parties. “Opposition leader Matteo Salvini, of the anti-immigrant Northern League, said that if the exit polls were confirmed, the referendum will be a ‘victory of the people against the strong powers of three-quarters of the world,’ BBCNews.com reports.