ROME – Italians went to the Survey elect around 1,200 mayors in the first elections since the former President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, took office in February, on Sunday and Monday.
Draghi’s arrival has shaken the political scene, with the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party now providing new leaders, and his authority has reduced the ability of the parties in the ruling coalition to get their political message across and influence politics.
The center-left candidates are on their way to victory in several of the big cities, like that Projections on Monday. But in many races in which not a single candidate has won directly, including in Rome and Turin, a runoff election has to take place in two weeks.
Here are five takeaways from the pick:
National government intact
The election should not cause any problems for the state government. Draghi’s leadership remains unchallenged with approval ratings of almost 70 percent. Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right league that is part of the Draghi-led coalition, reiterated his support for the government on Monday with the words: “If someone tries to use the vote to overthrow the government of national unity, he is very wrong. We are here and here we stay. “
The center-left Democrats have already won victory in Bologna, with Milan and Naples expected to go to candidates backed by the center-left and Democratic candidate favorites in the runoff elections in Rome and Turin. Democratic leader Enrico Letta who is on track to win a by-election in Siena that would bring him back to the national parliament said the election was “a great success” for the PD and “a victory for Europe”.
Suffer a lot, but not so much
Although the right-wing group consisting of Salvini’s Liga, Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and Giorgia Melonis Brothers of Italy will likely be losing in the five largest cities, this was expected and the right-wing tended to do better in smaller towns. In the next federal election, which must take place by 2023, the right-wing parliamentary group is still in pole position. The parties are also likely to have more Mayor at the end of the count than before, including victories in Trieste and a regional election in Calabria. In Rome, the right-wing candidate Enrico Michetti is on course First in the first round but in the runoff election is expected to lose to former finance minister Roberto Gualtieri.
From 5 stars to zero stars
The decline of the 5-star movement, which saw huge gains in 2016 but whose support has recently fallen off a cliff, continued with the party’s losses in Rome and Turin. In the latter, the 5-star candidate is expected to get just 10 percent of the vote, and things were even worse in Milan, where the movement is on track at just 3 percent. For party leader Giuseppe Conte, a former prime minister who took over the party in August, made a disastrous debut. Conte was in damage control mode on Monday, claiming the changes he had made since taking power had not yet taken effect. The good news for the 5Stars is where it is United forces with the Democrats, among others in Bologna and Naples, the partnership was a success. Conte and Letta welcomed the joint results and suggested further partnerships in the second round.
Meloni on the rise
Meloni of the far-right Brothers of Italy is likely to confirm her place as a serious candidate for prime ministerial in the next elections. Your party has reached or surpassed the rival league in all four of the largest cities, including Salvini’s hometown of Milan, where both parties will each receive 11 percent of the vote. In Rome, 18 percent of voters voted for the Brothers of Italy versus 6 percent for the League. In Bologna, the Brothers of Italy were 13 to 8 percent ahead of the league. Under Meloni’s leadership, the party has risen from 4 percent in the 2018 elections to 20 percent in the polls.