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Two regions of Italy prepare to hold referendum on expanding autonomy
21:26, 20 October 2017
Two regions of Italy prepare to hold referendum on expanding autonomy

Referendums will be held in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto

21:26, 20 October 2017

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Two northern Italian regions, Lombardy and Veneto, will vote this Sunday on whether they favour taking powers back from Rome. this was reported by The Local.

Two regions Lombardy, capital city Milan, and Veneto, home to Venice will be voting. Around 10 million people live in Lombardy, while close to 5 million live in Veneto.

There’s also a micro-referendum in the province of Belluno, within Veneto, to decide whether residents want greater independence from the region itself.

Voters will answer a single question, in each case essentially: “Do you want your region to have further forms of autonomy?”

Neither Lombardy nor Veneto is asking voters to consider independence from the rest of Italy, only whether local authorities should have greater powers. Any region is allowed to pose that question under the Italian constitution.

The results are not binding.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 11am on Sunday, October 22nd 2017, with results expected late that night.

Related: Catalonia referendum: 90,18% for independence with 43% voter turnout

As it was reported earlier on October 1, the referendum on the withdrawal from Spain was held in Catalonia. 2.26 million out of 5.31 million Catalan voters took part in it. On the day of voting, there were clashes between law enforcers and supporters of the referendum, about 900 people were injured. 

King of Spain did not recognize the referendum on independence, and the Catalan leader accused the King of Spain of "ignoring millions." Later, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that his government could use constitutional powers to end the autonomy of Catalonia to prevent the region from seceding from Spain.

Related: Ukraine considers referendum in Catalonia illegitimate, - MFA

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