Italy votes in referendum on downsizing parliament and local polls

Polls closed in Italy late on Sunday in the first of two days of voting on a constitutional referendum over the slimming down of parliament and local elections expected to favour the right-wing national opposition bloc.Voting continues on Monday, with polls opening at 7 am (0500 GMT) and closing at 3 pm. Results are expected later the same day.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.By Sunday evening…

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