Italian constitutional referendum, 2006

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A constitutional referendum was held in Italy on 25 June 2006.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of amending 57 articles of the constitution.[2] The reforms were proposed by the Silvio Berlusconi government, which had lost power in the April 2006 elections. They would have given more power to the Prime Minister by allowing him or her to dissolve parliament, appoint and sack ministers and control government policy.[3] The Chamber of Deputies would have been given responsibility for foreign policy, defence and immigration, and the Senate responsibility for federal law.[3] The proposals would also have increased the power of the regions, giving them control of education, healthcare, law and order, as well as giving them representation in the Supreme Court.[3] The proposals were opposed by the incumbent Prime Minister Romano Prodi,[3] and were rejected by 61.3% of voters.[2]


Choice Votes %
For 9,962,348 38.7
Against 15,791,213 61.3
Invalid/blank votes 291,283
Total 26,044,844 100
Registered voters/turnout 49,776,350 52.3
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1049 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1064
  3. ^ a b c d Italy votes in reform referendum BBC News, 25 June 2006