On the eve of his resignation, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will seek to rally his divided party and map out its future strategy in the aftermath of a crushing referendum defeat.
As Renzi addresses senior members of the Democratic Party on Wednesday afternoon, discussing options such as a grand coalition, the Senate will hold a confidence vote to clear the final hurdle of the 2017 budget — a step President Sergio Mattarella insisted on before Renzi formally steps down. The lower house has already approved the budget.
In his last hours in power, the 41-year-old premier will be looking into ways to preserve his political legacy while fielding attacks by dissidents who had campaigned openly for a ‘No’ vote in Sunday’s constitutional referendum. Those critics are now emboldened by the fact that Italians rejected Renzi’s signature reform by an unexpectedly wide margin.
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