California Campaign to Secede Gains Momentum

تم نشره في Sat 28 January / Jan 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Proponents of California Nationhood, or Calexit, are pushing for independence on grounds the state is out of step with the rest of the US and could flourish on its own - (AFP)

WASHINGTON — A campaign for California to secede from the rest of the country over Donald Trump's election is gaining momentum, with supporters allowed to start collecting signatures for the measure to be put to a vote.

California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave the green light on Thursday for proponents of "California Nationhood" -- also known as Calexit -- to start collecting the nearly 600,000 signatures needed for the measure to qualify on the November 2018 ballot, AFP said.

The 585,407 signatures required by July 25 represent eight percent of registered voters in California -- the most populous state in the country with nearly 40 million residents and the world's sixth-largest economy.

(Petra)

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