Italy to hold referendum on political reform

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The Independent Online
The Italian government plans to hold a referendum in April on radical changes to reform the country's political system, the Regional Affairs Minister, Gianfranco Ciaurro, said yesterday. The referendum would be aimed at ending Italy's system of proportional representation, blamed for the country's revolving-door governments, and replacing it with a first-past-the-post, constituency-based system, Reuter reports.