Italy goes nuclear free
Italians have voted overwhelmingly to give up nuclear energy. The Italian interior ministry says more than 94 percent of votes cast were against domestic nuclear power generation.
With voter turnout exceeding the mandatory 50 percent required for a quorum, the referendum will be valid.
Polling stations for the 2-day voting across the country closed at 4 pm, local time, on Monday.
Italian media say the latest exit poll shows over 90 percent of the electorates voted against nuclear power.
Germany and Switzerland have already decided to close their nuclear power stations following the accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
But Italy is the first country to have carried out a referendum to decide its energy policy.
Earlier on Monday, even before the result was announced, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi expressed his intention to cancel a plan to build new nuclear power plants.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 06:20 +0900 (JST)