Italy’s Lombardy, Veneto regions to hold autonomy vote in October

13:51   21 April 2017    631

Italy’s wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, controlled by the right-wing Northern League, will hold referendums in October to try to obtain greater autonomy from the central government, Lombardy’s president said on Thursday.

The result of the ballots will not be binding but a victory could strengthen the League and raise the profile of the popular governor of Veneto, Luca Zaia, widely seen as a potential leader of Italy’s center-right. “The referendums will be in October,” Lombardy President Roberto Maroni told reporters in Milan. Italy’s Constitutional Court threw out Zaia’s original plan to ask voters if they wanted Veneto to secede from Italy or keep control of 80 percent of tax revenue collected in the region.


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