The Italian President has asked Prime Minister Renzi to delay retirement

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has asked Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to delay retirement. About it reports Reuters with reference to the press service of the President.

Mattarella met with Renzi on Monday evening. During the meeting, Renzi said that he could no longer remain in his post, said in a statement the press service of the Italian President. In response Mattarella asked Renzi to remain in office until the adoption of the budget for 2017.

According to Reuters, the adoption of the budget could take place as early as this Friday.

Of its intention to resign, Renzi said yesterday after the failure of the referendum on his proposed constitutional reform. The majority (60%) voted against it. The reform proposed by the Prime Minister, included a reduction in the number of senators in the upper house of Parliament from 315 to 100, and a significant reduction of their powers with the aim of improving legislative activities.

Commenting on the referendum results, Renzi said that he takes responsibility ha its failure. However, he said that opponents of reform must now offer their own versions of recovery from the crisis.