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Italians in PM's hometown rally ahead of crucial referendum

Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 01:06

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi makes a final appeal for voters to support a referendum on changing Italy's constitution. Diane Hodges reports.

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has put his political career on the line.... He's calling on Italians to vote "yes" on this weekend's referendum to change the country's constitution. Oddsmakers are saying it's a bet he'll lose -the "no" camp is expected to win. But if the vote were held here in Renzi's hometown, Pontassieve, the result would not be up in the air. Most people there said they support the plan, in order to reduce parliamentary deadlocks. SOUNDBITE) (Italian) LOCAL RESIDENT, FRANCO NARDI, SAYING: "To tell you the truth I will vote 'Yes' even though I am not satisfied with Renzi's politics." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) LOCAL RESIDENT, MANLIO MASINO, SAYING: "If I could I would give seven, eight, 'Yes' votes to try and change things." But not all were convinced. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) LOCAL RESIDENT PATRIZIA, SAYING: "I am not really on Renzi's side but I agree with what he's saying. I still don't know what to vote for. I think that I will decide at the last minute." A "no" vote could be a fatal blow to his career -- Renzi has promised to step aside if referendum fails on Sunday.

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Italians in PM's hometown rally ahead of crucial referendum

Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 01:06