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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks at a press conference at Chigi Palace, in Rome. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at a press conference at Chigi Palace, in Rome, Sept. 29, 2020 (AP photo by Gregorio Borgia).

Italy’s ‘Incoherent’ Coalition Survived Local Elections. Now Can It Govern?

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Italy’s largest opposition party, the populist and far-right League, turned in a poor showing in regional and local elections last month. While its center-right coalition prevailed in three of the seven regional governorships that were up for grabs, the League’s candidate lost in traditionally leftist Tuscany, despite predictions of victory by its leader, Matteo Salvini.

Overall, there was no clear winner in last month’s elections, but the center-left Democratic Party, or PD, performed well, as did the neo-fascist Brothers of Italy, which took control of the central Marche region. Salvini, a former deputy prime minister and interior minister who was the bugbear of Europe just a year ago, now risks being eclipsed by two other right-wing figures: Georgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy, and Luca Zaia, the League governor of the Venice region, who was reelected by a landslide as a reward for his competent handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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