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Italian PM quits office over referendum loss



Italian PM quits office over referendum loss

There will be a change of guard in Italy pretty soon after the Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi was dealt a stinging defeat by voters on his reform referendum forcing him to make a resignation announcement.

“I lost, and the post that gets eliminated is mine,” Renzi said early Monday about an hour after the polls closed. “The government’s experience is over, and in the afternoon I’ll go to the Quirinal Hill to hand in my resignation” to President Sergio Mattarella.

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Renzi’s referendum defeat has in no small measure galvanized the populist, opposition 5-Star Movement’s determination to gain national power soon.

Besides the “anti-establishment” 5-Stars, the outcome energized another “anti” party, the anti-immigrant Northern League, an ally of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a candidate in France’s presidential race.


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