Centre-left is ready to win the Italian mayor’s final vote as a right flounder

A candidate for the gesture of center-left Roman mayor Roberto Guardieri prior to a press conference in Rome, Italy, on October 18, 2021.Reuters / Yarra Nardi

October 18, 2021

Gavin Jones and Angelo Amante

Rome (Reuters) – Centre-left candidates prepare to win overwhelming mayor elections in Rome and Turin, according to a Monday exit poll predicting that centre-right opponents have been wiped out with ballots Seemed to be done.

Once the exit polls are confirmed, they have completed a center-left victorious round in Italy’s largest city and are nonetheless a favorite right wing to win the next national elections scheduled for 2023. Mark the retreat of the alliance.

The centre-left candidate had already easily won Milan, Naples and Bologna two weeks ago without the need for a run-off.

According to analysts, the results are not expected to have an immediate impact on the stability of Mario Draghi’s national unity government.

In Rome, former Democratic Party (PD) Minister of Economy Roberto Guardieri was seen to have won 59-63% of the votes for Enrico Micheli on the right with 37-41%. State television.

In Turin, PD Stefano Lo Russo won 56-60% with 40-44% over Paolo Damilano on the right.

Both cities were previously run by the Five Star Movement, where candidates were defeated in the first round.

In Rome, Guardieri was three points behind in the first vote, but seems to have won most of the votes of those who supported the losers in the first round — five-star retired mayor Virginia Rudge and an independent centrist politician. Carlo Calenda.

Gualtieri faces the daunting task of solving the capital’s most chronic problems, such as unplanned garbage collection and a dilapidated and inadequate public transport system.

According to a recent poll, the results are a blow to Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni, the leaders of the right-wing league and the Italian brothers, who dominate the conservative alliance leading at the national level.

However, right-wing blocks, including Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, have drawn most of the support from small towns and villages, and it can be misleading for analysts to draw national conclusions from the mayor’s vote. It states that there is.

“Right-wing voters are more likely to mobilize in national elections than in local elections,” said opinion pollster Antonio Note of the Opinio Consortium.

Voter turnout in city elections was particularly low, with less than 50% of voters voting.

The next parliamentary election is shaped as a battle between the right and centre-left, led by the PD and Five Star Movement.

Among other cities at stake in the mayor’s final vote, the right focused on the risk of losing a huge first-round lead in northeastern Trieste. Exit polls showed neck-to-neck competition with centre-lefts.

Another notable city is Varese. Here Salvini will maintain a traditional league base near the Swiss border.

(Report by Gavin Jones and Angelo Amante, edited by Crispian Balmer)

Centre-left is ready to win the Italian mayor’s final vote as a right flounder

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