Far-right Brothers of Italy party is set to break the 25 year old jinx, ready to snatch Marche region from the leftist rule
The far-right Brothers of Italy party is close to putting an end to 25 years of leftist rule in the eastern region of Marche. According to the yet incomplete results, this gives the party its second regional presidency. The centre-left however still managed to retain its hold on Tuscany. Tuscany’s centre-left candidate Eugenio Giani called it an “extraordinary victory.” The results started coming in on Monday night in the important regional elections of Italy.
Polling had given an indication that Tuscany would be a difficult race. The region has been a strong leftwing fortress for more than 50 years. Matteo Salvini, the far-right former interior minister said “We knew it would be an extremely difficult fight.”
Brothers of Italy was led by Giorgia Meloni who has been rising in popularity charts recently. The party was also in part headed by the coalition of Salvini’s league. Francesco Acquaroli was the candidate for regional presidency of Marche for Brothers of Italy. He was predicted to capture 51.2% of votes, compared to 35.7% votes for the centre-left candidate. Win in Marche for Brothers of Italy has given the post-fascist descendent party a second regional seat.
Mattia Diletti, politics professor at Sapienza University in Rome said, “Marche is an important win for Meloni. Her goal is to lead the coalition and she has understood that it’s more of a marathon than a sprint.”
Across the seven regions in which elections took place on Sunday and Monday there was a huge voter turnout. A referendum also observed big turnout of voters that led to 69% of Italians voting to reduce the Parliament size. This referendum will reduce number of parliamentarians in both the houses. The referendum was supported by the Five Star Movement, the national ruling party with the Democratic party.
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