A record low number of Italians went to the polls in the country’s regional elections on Sunday and Monday. Only 64% of those eligible actually voted compared to 72 % in similar elections five years ago. Many Italians expressed their increased disillusionment in party politics mostly feeling ‘unrepresented’ by politicians even with such a vast range of political parties. Many consider the country’s politicians to be increasingly corrupt and only interested in making “big money” rather then representing the people who vote for them.
While the centre-left coaliton maintained their strongholds in Emilia Romagna and central regions of Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, and coastal Liguria. Berlusconi’s centre-right coalitions fared well in six regions fuelled mostly by increasing support for the Lega Nord (Northern League) led by Umberto Bossi (pictured). As well as cracking down on immigration and crime, the Lega Nord also supports a federal government system based on the German model, with extremists even aspiring to an independent state of “Padania” made up of northern Italian regions only. Turin’s Piemonte region and the Veneto now go under the power of Lega Nord leaders.
Victory for the centre right was also registered in the south with wins in Campania (Naples) and Calabria and, after a neck and neck start, victory was also registered in Rome’s Lazio region where the centre-right’s candidate application had been made after the due date but then accepted by special decree, approved by Italy’s President Giogio Napolitano, amidst outcry from the opposition.
The centre-left also registered victories in the south with wins in Basilicata and under Nichy Vendola in Puglia, the heel of Italy.
full results : la repubblica.it