Italy closed an unprecedented electoral campaign amid controversy and discontent that could generate a record of abstention

The leader of the Lega (League), Matteo Salvini, the leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, and the leader of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni (REUTERS / Yara Nardi) (YARA NARDI /)

Italy closed this Friday an unprecedented electoral campaignheld in the middle of the boreal summer, during which the candidates of the Italian extreme right are emerging as the winners of Sunday’s elections after unleashing controversy over Ukraine and against the European Union.

The big favorite in all the polls, Giorgia Meloni45, concluded with a public meeting-debate in Naples, the capital of the poor and underdeveloped south.

“I am a patriot,” Meloni launched before hundreds of supporters gathered on the seafront, reserving the biggest attacks on the left and on the guaranteed minimum wage for the poor, a measure introduced by the anti-system of the 5 Star Movement, her biggest rival in that region. .

For his part, the elderly tycoon Silvio Berlusconian ally of Meloni, caused a stir by defending Vladimir Putin, his friend during the years he was prime minister, by explaining that the Russian president was “pushed” by his population and the pro-Russian forces of Donbas to invade Ukraine.

Former Italian Prime Minister and leader of the 5 Star Movement, Giuseppe Conte, greets people as he holds his party's final campaign rally ahead of the general election (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Former Italian Prime Minister and leader of the 5 Star Movement, Giuseppe Conte, greets people while holding his party’s final campaign rally ahead of the general election (REUTERS/Yara Nardi) (YARA NARDI/)

Meloni’s other ally, the leader of the League, Matteo SalviniInstead, he demanded “a public apology or the resignation” of Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, for her statements about “the instruments” that she has to sanction possible violations of the democratic principles of the European Union.

Statements that raised the tone of an electoral campaign marked by apathy, with few mass mobilizations and that could register the abstention record.

The hope of the candidates is to seduce 20-25% of the undecided before the polls open on Sunday.

“Everything she says, she does,” he assured the agency. AFP Leone Carmelo, a 71-year-old cook from Trento, north, referring to Meloni, who leads all the polls.

Enrico Letta, secretary of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), speaks during the closing ceremony of his election campaign in Piazza del Popolo (REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)
Enrico Letta, secretary of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), speaks during the closing ceremony of his election campaign in Piazza del Popolo (REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane) (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE/)

Although the polls give Meloni a great advantage, “the cards are not completely drawn,” Franco Pavoncello, of Rome’s John Cabot University, warned Friday.

To the 5 Star Movement, to which the polls attribute 11%, “it is possible that it will do better than expected,” the expert stressed.

The anti-system formation led by the former prime minister Giuseppe Conte he hopes to curb the rise of the right and complicate the announced victory of the right-wing bloc.

More than 50 million Italians have been called to vote with a complex mixed electoral system, between majority and proportional, to elect a smaller number of parliamentarians: 400 deputies for the Chamber of Deputies and 200 senators.

A bus shows an image of the leader of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni (REUTERS / Yara Nardi)
A bus shows an image of the leader of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni (REUTERS / Yara Nardi) (YARA NARDI /)

The controversial electoral law favors parties that form allianceswhich widens the advantage of the right-wing block against its rivals from the center and left, which are highly divided.

(With information from AFP)

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