Italy PM Renzi says he will resign following referendum defeat

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrives with his wife Agnese before a media conference after a referendum on constitutional reform at Chigi palace in Rome

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrives with his wife Agnese before a media conference after a referendum on constitutional reform at Chigi palace in Rome, Italy, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would resign following a stinging defeat on Sunday in a referendum over his proposals for constitutional reform.

"The experience of my government ends here," Renzi said in a televised address to the nation after early voting results suggested his 'Yes' camp may have lost the referendum by as much as 20 points.

Renzi said he took full responsibility for the "extraordinarily clear" defeat and that on Monday afternoon he would convene his cabinet and then hand in his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella. (Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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