Calabria governor steps down after abuse of office sentence
New elections mulled28 March, 18:15
"There's no turning back. The decision has been made", Scopelliti told ANSA during a break from the Friday majority meeting discussing his resignation. "As of today, not a single piece of evidence has emerged that identifies with certainty my responsibility".
Regional and state politicians were quick to respond to the resignation, with many supporting an immediate return to elections, including Democratic Party representative Alfredo D'Attore, who commented that "immediate elections are the only way to allow Calabria and Calabrians to take charge of their own destiny".
"We can restore dignity to Calabrian institutions by returning quickly to the polls," said Katia Stancato, Calabria Civic Choice coordinator. Though Scopelliti has resigned he can appeal and the conviction is not definitive.