October 18, 2016 / 4:35 PM / 2 years ago

Italy's Renzi defends referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 18, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday defended his campaign for a referendum on constitutional reforms, saying that such an overhaul would help simplify the nation’s bureaucracy, offer greater stability and help make Europe stronger.

“I’ll do everything I can,” to help the Dec. 4 referendum pass, Renzi said, speaking in Italian through an interpreter at the White House at a news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama. “This is something to simplify things in our country.”

Reporting by Ayesha Rasco, Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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