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Politicians in the southern Swiss state of Ticino on Wednesday narrowly voted away their right to be referred to as "honorable," a title they have held for more than a century.

The state parliament voted 30-28 to scrap the Italian title "onorevole." Virgilio Nova, a lawmaker from the rightist Lega dei Ticinesi party, proposed the change on the grounds that the title was outdated and laughable.

Until now, it applied to all politicians from the head of the state government to village councils in Ticino, Switzerland's only Italian-speaking state.

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