Repubblica Italiana
  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


On 10 June, 1946, Italy became a republic on the announcement by the Court of Cassation, sitting in the Hall of the She Wolf at Montecitorio (seat of the Italian Parliament), that a majority of the voters at the referendum held on 2 June had voted for a republic. King Umberto II, who had agreed to abide by the results of the referendum, protested strongly against such an announcement being formally made when returns were admittedly incomplete, but he left the country for Portugal on 13 June in accordance with his pledge. The final figures, announced by the Court of Cassation on 18 June, showed:—For a republic, 12,718,641 (54 3% of the valid votes cast, which numbered 23,437,143); for the retention of the monarchy, 10,718,502 (45 7%); invalid and contested, 1,509,735. Total 24,946,878, or 89 1% of the registered electors, who numbered 28,005,449. Voting was compulsory, open to both men and women 21 years of age or older, and included specifically the members of the Civil Service and the armed forces; active Fascists and a few other categories were excluded from registration.


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