Two Influential Italian Regions Vote for Greater Autonomy


More than 95% of voters who cast ballots in Veneto and Lombardy said "yes" to more autonomy.

The following article, written by James Masters and Valentina Di Donato, appears on CNN.com

While the rest of the world has its eyes on the outcome of Catalonia’s tussle for independence from Spain, two of Italy’s most prosperous regions voted overwhelmingly in favor of greater autonomy from Rome in non-binding referendums on Sunday.

More than 95% of voters who cast ballots in Veneto and Lombardy — two northern regions which account for around 30% of Italy’s GDP between them — opted to vote “yes” to more autonomy, according to officials in both regions.

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