Italian voters revolt against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Italian Prime Minister Silvo Berlusconi suffered significant political setbacks after voters overwhelmingly repealed four of his major policies during last weekend’s referendums.
With a 55% voter turnout, more than 95% voted against two laws to privatize water utilities, 94% voted against the restart of Italy’s nuclear power program, and 94.9% voted against allowing government officials to skip court proceedings if they are on government business.
The undoing of the so-called “legitimate impediment” law will be especially damaging for Berlusconi, who is facing charges for allegedly buying sex from a juvenile prostitute and attempting to cover up his misconducts.
- Republicca.it: Results of the June 12 – 13 Italian referendums
- Forbes.com: Voters deal Berlusconi latest blow in referendums
- Reuters.com: Italy referendums pose another test for Berlusconi
- guardian.co.uk: Italian referendum likely to dash Berlusconi’s nuclear energy plans
- IrishTimes.com: Berlusconi faces wrath of voters in weekend referendums
- Economist.com: Ruby red face