Italians vote on oil and gas as scandal ups pressure on Renzi

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been under pressure lately after his former economic development minister resigned over a corruption scandalItalians voted Sunday in a referendum on oil and gas drilling concessions after a debate fuelled by anger over a government corruption scandal and freighted with risk for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In a campaign pitting environmentalists against the government and big business, Italians are deciding whether they want to repeal a new law about drilling near the country’s coast. The legislation, passed only in January, says existing concessions within 12 miles (19 kilometres) of the coast should remain valid until the fields are depleted — a measure that infuriates campaigners for renewable energy.

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