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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

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.

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.

“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.

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.