The ruling coalition now seems confident of retaining the three regions of Tuscany, Puglia and Campania, according to the partial results of the regional elections. A disappointment for the far-right league and its leader Matteo Salvini, who still occupies the Marche region.
A cold shower for Matteo Salvini’s right – wing extremist league after the regional elections in Italy. When the vote was counted, which lasted for two days, Sunday and Monday, the Democratic Party (center-left), which has ruled in coalition with the 5-star movement for just over a year, seemed secure in retaining three regions: Tuscany, Puglia and Campania .
The right, it, rules the Marche region to the left and holds Liguria and Veneto. At the beginning of the month, Matteo Salvini set himself the goal of winning all regions.
Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, a key member of the Democratic Party (PD), considered that this result of the regional strengthened his training as well as his leader, Nicola Zingaretti. “Now that he and the PD are stronger, the government can move on,” he tweeted.
The union is still the most popular political party in Italy, but its ratings have fallen steadily over the past year in opinion polls, as has Salvinis.
The focus of this vote was on Tuscany, the traditional bastion on the left where the league fought relentlessly, as in January last year, he tried in vain to take Emilia-Romagna.
According to a partial lawsuit, PD has a lead of 6.4 percentage points over the league.
Towards a reduction in the number of parliamentarians
At the same time, the Italians voted largely through a referendum to reduce the number of MEPs, from 945 currently in both chambers to 600.
About 70% of voters approved of this reform advocated by the 5-Star Movement (M5S), which welcomed Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, one of the M5S leaders, who hailed “a historic achievement”.
Another issue of concern to Matteo Salvini, the president of Veneto, Luca Zaia, considered a potential rival to take the lead in the league, was largely elected at the head of his region with 75% of the vote.
The seventh region at stake in these regional elections, the Aosta Valley, has its own partisan system, which differs from the rest of Italy. However, a list that was favorable for the league was at the top according to the partial results.