Italy: Renzi resigns as PM following referendum defeat

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December 5, 2016
Toronto Star [Canada]    
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"Italian Premier 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 self-assured Renzi late last year pledged to offer his resignation if the referendum on overhauling a good part of the 1948 Constitution went down to defeat. That was months before Britain's David Cameron had made his ill-fated bet on the referendum on whether the U.K. should stay in the European Union." (12/04/16)  

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