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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Italian Vote Derided

ROME (x) -- A party pushing for a separate northern Italian state said Monday the "voters'' had spoken: a referendum calling for secession won 99.7 percent approval.

The referendum was organized by the Northern League party. Politicians, government leaders and newspapers widely derided the balloting Sunday in Italy's northern regions.

The Northern League, which lost the Milan mayoralty in regional elections this month, has drawn up to 40 percent of the vote in some northern areas in past elections