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Italians weigh up the pros and cons of constitutional reform

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Italians weigh up the pros and cons of constitutional reform

<p>Prime Minister Renzi claims the changes to the constitution will boost Italy’s stagnant economy, unemployment is high and the flicker of a recovery was snuffed out earlier in the year.</p> <p>Opinions are divided on the pros and cons as demonstrated on the streets of Rome:’‘I voted ‘yes’ because I believe that the reasons of the ‘yes’ camp prevail over the ‘no’ camp even if the reform has its disadvantages. So streamlining, the removal of this ‘perfect bicameralism,’ that I find redundant, born out of history in the post-fascist era…basically I am convinced by this streamlining,” said one voter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Time for me to vote on a change to Italy's Constitution. Si or No? To the research machine! <a href="https://t.co/yEaO3QCQrJ">pic.twitter.com/yEaO3QCQrJ</a></p>— Jamie Bologna (@jamiebologna) <a href="https://twitter.com/jamiebologna/status/802613076604424192">November 26, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“I don’t like this constitutional reform for a simple reason: I believe that fundamental rules have to be shared by all political parties and not to be approved by relying heavily on a majority vote, so I don’t like the arrogance with which the reform of the constitution has been proposed,” opined another.</p> <p>The leader of the Five Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, has described the proposed reforms as a fraud and urged the electorate to vote with guts not head.</p>