Italy votes in referendum on downsizing parliament and local polls

Italians headed to the polls on Sunday for a constitutional referendum over the slimming down of parliament and local elections expected to favour the right-wing national opposition bloc.Voting began at 7 am (0500 GMT) and runs until 11 pm on Sunday. Voting continues on Monday from 7 am to 3 pm. Results are expected later on Monday.Some 51.6 million people are eligible to vote in the referendum on reducing the number of lawmakers in Italy’s two chambers by roughly one third.The Chamber of Deputies would go from 630 lawmakers to 400, and the Senate from 315 to 200. No minimum turnout is needed …

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