Italians deal blow to Berlusconi in referendum

June 13, 2011, midnight

Voters in Italy on Monday rejected a plan by Prime Minister Silvio BERLUSCONI to return the country to nuclear power. In a special referendum, Italians voted on four measures, which also included questions regarding water privatization and trial immunity for ministers. Prime Minister Silvio BERLUSCONI urged Italians to abstain from voting in the referendum in an effort to kill the measures; an absolute majority of voters were required to turnout in order for the results to be binding. Despite this call, however, almost 57 percent of Italians went to the polls.

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