2006 Italian constitutional referendum

Referendums in Italy 2006 Italian general election Regions of Italy
Emblem of Italy.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Foreign relations

A constitutional referendum was held in Italy on 25 June 2006.[1] The reforms were proposed by the Silvio Berlusconi government, which had lost power in the April 2006 elections. The proposals were opposed by the incumbent Prime Minister Romano Prodi,[2] and were rejected by 61.3% of voters.[3]

Voters were asked whether they approved of amending 57 articles of the constitution.[3] They would have given more power to the Prime Minister by allowing him or her to dissolve parliament, appoint and dismiss ministers, and control government policy.[2] The Chamber of Deputies would have been given responsibility for foreign policy, defence and immigration, and the Senate responsibility for federal law.[2] The proposals would also have increased the power of the regions, giving them control of education, healthcare, law and order, as well as giving them representation in the Supreme Court.[2]


Choice Votes %
For 9,962,348 38.7
Against 15,791,213 61.3
Invalid/blank votes 291,283
Total 26,044,844 100
Registered voters/turnout 49,776,350 52.3
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1049 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c d Italy votes in reform referendum BBC News, 25 June 2006
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1064