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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2829

Italian PM to resign after conceding defeat in constitutional reforms referendum

Rome, 05 December, (

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced he will resign Monday after suffering a stinging loss in a reforms referendum, triggering immediate calls from a populist party and other opposition forces for elections to be held soon.

"The 'No's have won in an extraordinary clear-cut way," Renzi told reporters in Rome about an hour after polls had closed in Sunday's balloting.

“The experience of my government ends here,” Mr. Renzi said in a televised address to the nation after early voting results suggested his 'Yes' camp may have lost the referendum by as much as 20 points.

Mr. Renzi said he took full responsibility for the "extraordinarily clear” defeat and that on Monday afternoon he would convene his cabinet and then he said "I'll go to the Quirinal Hill to hand in my resignation" to President Sergio Mattarella.

- Asian Tribune -

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a press conference in Rome early Monday. Renzi acknowledged defeat in a constitutional referendum and announced he would resign.
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