The BBC states that the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned. He issued his resignation after being heavily defeated in trying to reform the nation’s constitution, on Dec. 4, 2016. The leader has announced that he will be held responsible for the outcome.
An exit poll, created by state broadcaster RAI, declared that 64-58 percent of the nation voted no and 39-43 percent voted yes. Although, the initial projections was based on an account that was official indicated a wider defeat.
Renzi told a reporter that he wishes all of Italy good luck; including himself. He then declared that he would tell a cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon. After two-and-a-half years of serving in office, he will then tender his resignation to the Italian president. Renzi stated that the reforms would have decreased Italy’s large federal government so that it could make the nation more competitive.
The vote asked the Southern European country’s population to modernize Parliament. Although, the BBC reported that it was primarily seen as a way to acknowledge dissatisfaction with the prime minister of the nation.
By John A. Federico
Edited by Cathy Milne
BBC: Italy referendum: PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat
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