Italy's Renzi wins regional vote, low turnout sends warning

November 24, 2014 2:54 PM

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Italy's Renzi wins regional vote, low turnout sends warning

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's center-left Democratic Party (PD) won regional elections in Calabria and Emilia Romagna on Sunday but an exceptionally low turnout suggested growing disillusion among many voters.

After years of economic crisis that has created hardship among a growing number of Italians, the lackluster turnout was a clear warning sign for Renzi as he faces pressure to push through potentially unpopular financial belt-tightening.

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