The misery caused by Italy’s financial crisis could spark a “civil war” in the southern island of Sicily, the mayor of regional capital Palermo said on Friday.
“Sicily is the Greece of Italy,” said Orlando, a member of the anti-corruption Italy of Values party and a staunch anti-Mafia champion.
“We’ve managed to stay afloat only because we’re a part of Italy,” he added.
“Many businesses are shutting, families on low incomes can no longer pay their electricity bills,” said Orlando, who has been mayor since May.
Orland said he hoped the autumn regional elections would lead to change in the struggling region.
“It should mark the end of the politics that have led Sicily to the brink,” he said.
He described the current political system there as corrupt and wasteful of public money.
Sicily was one of 23 Italian sub-sovereign entities that saw their rating downgraded on Monday by the Moody’s rating agency.