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Italy PM Renzi seeks to avoid party split over referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi sought Monday to avoid a rift in his Democratic Party over an upcoming referendum on constitutional reforms. The changes are aimed at increasing political stability in a country which has had 63 governments since 1945, with Renzi's future riding on the outcome of the December 4 plebiscite. For months the centre-left Democratic Party has been split on the issue, with a minority of lawmakers deeming the mooted reforms and the new electoral law which would accompany them to be dangerous to democracy.
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