Italian voters stay home

The Italian government suffered a serious defeat yesterday, as too few voters turned up for the referendum on a reform of the Italian electoral system

The Italian government suffered a serious defeat yesterday, as too few voters turned up for the referendum on a reform of the Italian electoral system. The referendum was planned to give Italy a more stable party system. The current mixed proportional-first-past-the-post system leads to a lot of very small parties in parliament and to political instability.

The center-right opposition immediately called for new early elections. Just five weeks ago, Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema had to resign after bad election results in the regional elections. His successor, Giuliano Amato, has tried to stay neutral over the referendum.

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