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Two Italian regions vote on greater autonomy

Residents of Lombardy and Veneto in Italy voted in a non-binding referendum this weekend over the question of greater financial autonomy to the regions. 

The local party, Lega Nord, which was openly calling for independence for Northern Italy creating a new state of 'Padania' hopes to secure a better financial agreement with Rome. 

Lega Nord argues the taxes collected in the Northern regions are wasted by Rome and not directed back to the regions. 

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