Italy’s far-right League trumps M5S in bellwether regional poll

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- AGENCIES, ROME

Feb 12, 2019-

Italy’s far-right League has triumphed over its Five Star Movement coalition partner in a regional vote seen as a test of strength ahead of crunch European elections, results showed on Monday. The vote in the Abruzzo region laid bare the difficulties for the Five Star Movement (M5S), which was the country’s leading party at last year’s general election but has seen its popularity recede since taking power in an uneasy coalition with the League. The anti-immigration League, led by hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, won 28 percent in Abruzzo’s local elections on Sunday, compared with 19 percent for M5S, the interior ministry said. A League-led alliance that included its old centre-right ally, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, took just over 48 percent of the vote, handing the post of Abruzzo regional president to the bloc’s candidate Marco Marsilio. “Thank you Abruzzo! Thank you Italy,” said Salvini. Five Star candidate Sara Marcozzi said it was “not a defeat for M5S but for democracy”. The regional vote is seen as a bellwether ahead of the European elections in May.

Published: 12-02-2019 11:02

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