Italy’s right makes inroads, but Democrats hold off sweep

Adella Miesner

Italy’s center-right parties made inroads in bastions of the left, but final results from regional elections Tuesday showed the center-left Democratic Party held out September 22, 2020, 10:08 AM • 2 min read ROME — Italy’s center-right parties made inroads in bastions of the left, but final results from regional […]

Italy’s center-right parties made inroads in bastions of the left, but final results from regional elections Tuesday showed the center-left Democratic Party held out

The biggest center-right party, the League, also made a strong showing in traditionally left-leaning Tuscany with 40% of the vote. But Democratic candidate Eugenio Giani held off what would have been a devastating defeat by winning 48.6%, final results showed. The center-left also kept southern Puglia from flipping to the right.

The head of the Democratic Party, Nicola Zingaretti, was emboldened by the party’s showing, which confirmed for now his continued leadership of the left. “What won was a team, a community,” he said. “Now we go forward to change, close to the people.”

Giovanni Orsina, professor of political science and the head of the school of government at Rome’s Luiss University, said the results didn’t create a political earthquake. But he said they confirmed that the right was strong and getting stronger in Italy, that traditionally left-wing regions were becoming less so, but that the Democratic Party, or PD, had held out.

“The national message is the PD didn’t lose Puglia,” Orsina said. “Of course, this means that the PD is going to be a more solid party, and this means also that the government is going to be more solid.”

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