November 17, 2016
Italian PM Is Putting His Job On The Line For A Referendum
As we’ve seen in the case of former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the Brexit call, putting your job on the line for a referendum is risky. But Italian PM Matteo Renzi is just that serious about constitutional reforms. Renzi promised to resign if he loses, saying that someone else would have to take care of the “decrepit system” left behind, because what’s a political promise without bitterness and a few veiled threats? But it doesn’t look like voters are all that interested in Renzi’s reforms. Polls are predicting a defeat for the center-left leader at the December 4 referendum, meaning this do-or-die strategy was probably ill-advised.
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