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Sardinia plans online vote on independence from Italy

Italy,Politics, Thu, 27 Mar 2014 IANS

Rome, March 27 (IANS) The autonomous island of Sardinia plans to hold an online referendum on independence from Italy, Russia Today reported Wednesday.

Earlier, a similar referendum held from March 16 to 21 had revealed that 89 percent of the over two million people in Italy's northeastern Veneto region were in favour of cutting ties with Rome.

Despite the plebiscite having no legal power, it inspired the Sardinian Action Party (PSdAz) to organise an independence online vote in Sardinia, according to Nuova Sardegna website.

PSdAz advocates withdrawal from Italy and the cultivation of Sardinian traditions and values.

"We'll just ask the Sardinians if they want independence," said John Hills, the Sardinian Action Party's national secretary. "Their opinion is important. We believe that this issue has become very relevant today and we want to clarify what exactly is the will of the people."

A motion to stage an online referendum will be presented before the regional council in Sardinia Thursday.

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with a population of over 1.6 million.

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