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    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Thursday he would not be a part of a "technical" government if voters oppose his constitutional reforms in a referendum early next month.

    ROME (Sputnik) —  Italians will go to the polls on December 4 to vote on constitutional reforms proposed by the Renzi administration, including cutting the Senate’s powers.

    "If the citizens say ‘no’ and decide to keep the old, unworkable system, I will not be negotiating with other parties to form a technical government without a stable parliament majority," Renzi told the Rtl 102.5 radio. "But I am sure this will not happen because the ‘yes’ vote will win."

    Renzi added Italy had been ruled by a "technical" government several times in the past, which only led to tax hikes. A government of technocrats is formed of experts without the backing of any political parties.

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