Italy moves to cut size of the country’s parliament

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Italians have voted in a referendum to cut the size of the country’s parliament by more than a third. The referendum was backed by the Five Star Movement, which argued that the move would reduce costs.

Almost 70% of people voted in favour of the change, with almost all votes counted. The total number of MPs and senators will be cut from 945 to 600. The number of MPs in the lower house will be reduced from 634 to 400, while the number of those in the Senate will be reduced from 315 to 200.

The referendum was held alongside several key regional elections, where the results were seen as a setback for far-right League leader Matteo Salvini and a boost for the centre left Democratic Party, which is part of prime minister Giuseppe Conte’s coalition government with the populist Five Star movement.

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