Populism gets boost after Italian PM states his intention to resign

Italian anti-establishment politicians rejoice as European leaders worry resignation of Matteo Renzi will embolden populists across continent.

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Many Italians saw the referendum on constitutional reform as a vote on Renzi himself. Photo: Renzi resigns.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stated his intention to resign on Monday after suffering a crushing defeat on Sunday in a referendum to change the constitution.

President Sergio Mattarella has asked him to stay in office until lawmakers can negotiate a new government and the 2017 state budget is passed on Friday. 

Renzi’s defeat adds to a wave of victories for populist politicians across Europe and fuels fears of future political instability in Italy.

Sarah Morice reports:

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