Tue June 14, 2011
NPR Story

In Italy, Referendums Overturn Key Legislation

Italians voted overwhelmingly in four referendums to overturn key legislation passed by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The prime minister had urged voters to boycott the votes on nuclear power, privatization of water utilities and a law allowing government ministers to avoid trial hearings. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports the vote is a humiliating defeat for the scandal-prone prime minister but does not automatically lead to his government's collapse.

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