This is CNN STUDENT NEWS and we`re happy to see you. I`m Carl Azuz.
An update on yesterday`s story out of the European nation of Italy. Its prime minister is resigning after a constitutional change that he supported was strongly rejected by Italian voters.
Matteo Renzi said reducing the number of lawmakers in the country`s senate and weakening its power would make it easier for Italy`s government to pass laws and improve its economy. The critics said the reforms would eliminate checks and balances and give the prime minister too much power. And on Sunday, almost 60 percent of voters shut down the proposed changes.
The 41-year-old Renzi had staked his service as prime minister on this vote, and after results came in, he offered his resignation to the country`s president. Where does this lead Italy? It`s hard to say. It may depend on whether the current government can move forward without Renzi or if it has to call for new elections and another type of leadership take shape.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump recently spoke on the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen. Why is that significant? It makes Mr.Trump the first American leader to do that since 1979. The reason: relations between the island of Taiwan and nearby China are delicate.