Serhat TUNAR -TDO- A referendum on a constitutional amendment to reduce the number of parliamentarians in Italy has ended. According to preliminary results, the "Yes" vote is around 70 percent.
In Italy, governed by a biplane parliamentary system, voting ended in elections to determine local rulers in some regions with a referendum on legal regulation that reduced the number of seats in the Senate from 315 to 200 and the presence of the 630-seat House of Representatives to 400.
Turnout in the constitutional referendum stood at about 53 per cent, according to results released by Italy's Interior Ministry. According to preliminary results, "yes" votes are 70 percent in the country, where vote counting continues.
"Today is a historic result," Luigi Di Maio, former leader of the 5 Star Movement (M5S), a major partner in power, who led the drafting and adoption of the law on reducing the number of parliamentarians, said in a statement on his social media account. We are returning to having a less privileged normal Parliament."