Italian regions back “more autonomy”

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Two of Italy’s richest northern regions have voted for more autonomy, according to their leaders, the BBC reports.

More than 90% of voters in Lombardy, home to Italy’s financial capital Milan, and the Veneto region around Venice, voted yes in the non-binding referendum, their presidents claimed.

Both men are members of the Northern League, which has long argued that the north is subsidising the poorer south.

The regions together account for about 30% of Italy’s national wealth.

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