Ita­ly court dis­mis­ses ap­peal against Dec. 4 re­form re­fe­ren­dum

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

ITA­LY - A Mi­lan ci­vil court yes­ter­day re­jec­ted an ap­peal against the wor­ding of a Dec. 4 na­ti­o­nal re­fe­ren­dum on con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal re­form. Va­le­rio Oni­da, a for­mer con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal court ju­d­ge, brought the ca­se ar­guing that it was un­ac­cep­ta­ble that the bal­lot sheet lumps to­gether mul­ti­ple is­sues in­to one ques­ti­on re­ques­ting a sin­gle ‘yes’ or ‘no’ ans­wer. Opi­ni­on polls sug­gest Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Mat­teo Ren­zi may lo­se the bal­lot over his pro­po­sal to dras­ti­cally re­du­ce the role of the Se­na­te and curb the po­wers of re­gi­o­nal govern­ments. All but one of 33 opi­ni­on polls con­duc­ted over the last month ha­ve put the ‘No’ camp ahead

On Nov. 16, an ad­mi­ni­stra­ti­ve court in Ro­me will hear ano­ther ap­peal ma­de by Oni­da against the re­fe­ren­dum. The sa­me court has al­rea­dy thrown out a si­mi­lar ca­se brought by op­po­si­ti­on par­ties, alt­hough Oni­da’s ca­se does ha­ve so­me tech­ni­cal dif­fe­ren­ces.


Ca­ther­i­ne Cor­tez Mas­to (Pho­to: hrc)

Ita­li­an Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Mat­teo Ren­zi speaks du­ring a ral­ly in down­to­wn Ro­me, Ita­ly in this Oc­to­ber. (Pho­to: REU­TERS)

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