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Referendum over Italy's energy policy becomes a political challenge

​A referendum to shape Italy’s energy policy​ for the next decades will take place on Sunday April 17th.

April 17, 2016

T​he vote will decide whether oil companies can continue to ​exploit ​​gas and oil drills within 12 miles of Italy's coastline​.​ The ballot was requested by regional councils​ concerned ​​over the ​seismic stability and the ​delicate Italian cost ​environment​, claiming the country is not investing enough in green energy​ and ​asking for a political change in setting the energy policy of the future. The ​vote has ​raised​ a ​strong ​political polemic ​with ​Prime Minister Matteo Renzi ​who openly declared he will not vote and asked Italians to abstain​. Others, including people inside his party and Italy's constitutional court​, ​believe it is vital to take part​​ as all the citizens have a duty to cast a ballot​.​ ​As a consequence t​his referendum on the future country's energy policy has become a ​symbolic challenge for on Renzi's leadership in Italy.

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