Political movement PARIS-Malu Entu collects 27,000 signatures to hold a vote on the island's secession from Italy · Sardinian voters demand further self-government and the abolition of all the provinces of the island
A political movement named PARIS-Malu Entu asked today the organization of a referendum for the independence of Sardinia. According to AGI.it, the group says it has collected some 27,000 signatures demanding the vote, although the movement's representatives have only delivered some 13,000 of them before a court in Cagliari. "Our destiny is only decided by our determination to decide our present and our future", LiberoQuotidiano.it quoted the group's leader Doddore Meloni as saying.
This demand comes only the fourth day after the government of Sardinia organized a ten-question referendum on several issues regarding the future of the island. A landslide majority of 94.4% of Sardinians voted in favor of drafting a new statute of autonomy that supersedes the one currently in force, dating from 1948. According to the wording of the question, the statute should be "rewriten" by a "Constituent Assembly elected by universal suffrage of all Sardinian citizens".
Voters also supported the abolition of all the provinces of the island. The abolition of the so-called "new provinces" (Carbonia-Iglesias, Medio Campidano, Ogliastra and Olbia-Tempio, created in 2005) was supported by an astonishing 96.9% of voters. This could be immediately done if the Sardinian president Ugo Capellacci passes a law to put an end to their existence. The abolition of the so-called "old provinces" (Cagliari, Sassari, Nuoro and Oristano), although being approved by 66% of voters, will need to be accepted by Rome through a constitutional law.