Italy’s Renzi Wins Approval for Referendum Key to His FutureBy
Vote on Roman Senate reform expected as soon as October
Premier Renzi has said will quit if loses the referendum
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a green light from an Italian high court to hold a referendum on constitutional reform, a vote on which he has staked his political fate.
The Court of Cassation said in an emailed statement that it had accepted the request for a referendum on Renzi’s reform of the Roman Senate, which aims to give Italy more stable government by curtailing its powers. Renzi has sixty days to set a date for a vote expected as soon as October. He has pledged to resign if he loses the referendum.
— With assistance by Lorenzo Totaro