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Mario Monti

Former Italian premier Monti comes out against referendum

Former Italian Premier Mario Monti came out Tuesday against a constitutional referendum on which the government's current leader has staked his future, lending weight to the "no" campaign seeking to force early elections.

Premier Matteo Renzi has said he would resign if the referendum fails, and opposition politicians and dissenters in Renzi's own Democratic Party have come out strongly against the ballot question in a bid to challenge his nearly three-year-old government.

Renzi has been campaigning hard to pass the measures, which he says will simplify bureaucracy and make the country more competitive. Monti's unexpected swipe came as the Italian premier was being...