Elly Schlein of the left-wing Possibile party told DW it was actually Prime Minister Renzi who had led a populist campaign by saying Italy needed to reduce the cost of politics. "Fortunately, people didn't buy it and understood the risk," she said.
Following in the footsteps of several other African countries, it is now the turn of Burundi to hold a referendum aimed at making sure that its president stays in power beyond present constitutional limits.
Voters in Burundi have overwhelmingly backed reforms that would allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power until 2034. The president's 2015 bid to seek a third term in office plunged the country into crisis.
Italy's anti-establishment 5 Star Movement and the far-right League moved closer to forming a coalition government and nominating a prime minister. The populist parties are expected to announce their decision on Monday.
The euroskeptic M5S and the anti-migrant League have said they're moving "quickly" to give Italy a government. But Italy's president has warned the parties against wreaking havoc on the country's status in the EU.
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