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>> The impact of Donald Trump's triumph in the US presidential election might also have repercussions for Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi. This is Reuters chief correspondent in Rome, Chris Bumbama. Today is the last day that opinion polls can be published ahead of a December 4th referendum on a constitutional reform.
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They're bad news for Renzi cuz all of them say that he will lose the referendum. He himself has said that if that is the case, he will resign as Prime Minister, throwing Italy into a period of possibly prolonged political instability. The opinion polls have shown recently a widening in the no vote.
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Posters today told Reuters that the election victory in the United States for Donald Trump appears to be bad for Renzi. Why? Because the Donald Trump victory was seen as a triumph for the anti-establishment movement, and Renzi here in Italy is the prime minister, and so is therefore seen as an establishment figure.
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Now the government says that previous opinion polls have got it very badly wrong. In the last European elections in 2014, Renzi was seen to be neck and neck with the anti-establishment five star movement. In the event Rezzi won by 40%, Rezzi is asking Italians to vote for quite a radical change that would see the upper house senate drastically reduced, and put all the power in the lower house.
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He says that this is important, it will give political stability to Italy, because at the moment laws have to be passed by the two houses. And it means that it's more difficult to find a majority, it's more difficult to push legislation through the two chambers.