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World Far-right eyes Tuscany as Italy's left trembles

01:21  23 september  2020
01:21  23 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Italy's left claims victory in battle with far-right for Tuscany

  Italy's left claims victory in battle with far-right for Tuscany The far-right looked set to lose a fierce battle for the left-wing bastion of Tuscany in Italy's regional elections Monday, in a ballot that had risked weakening an already fragile national government. A win in Tuscany would have bolstered the right's claim that the uneasy coalition -- not elected, but installed after the previous government collapsed -- was politically weak, and Italy's president should bring forward the 2023 national election. The PD only narrowly frustrated a League bid in January to take Emilia Romagna, one of its biggest strongholds.

Voting across in Italy was held despite a threatened resurgence of the coronavirus= Vincenzo PINTO AFP. Italians voted Monday in elections that could see the far right take the historic left -wing bastion of Tuscany , one of several regions up for grabs in a ballot that risks weakening an already

Italian senator and head of the Lega party, Matteo Salvini (C) leaves a polling station after casting his vote on September 21, 2020 in Milan, as part as a Italians vote in elections held at the same time in seven regions, that could see the far - right take the historic left -wing bastion of Tuscany , one of

a man standing in front of a building: Polling stations opened Sunday for the two-day vote, despite a threatened resurgence of the coronavirus in Italy © Vincenzo PINTO Polling stations opened Sunday for the two-day vote, despite a threatened resurgence of the coronavirus in Italy

Italians vote Monday in elections that could see the far-right take the historic left-wing bastion of Tuscany, one of several regions up for grabs in a ballot that could weaken an already fragile government.

Polling stations opened Sunday for the two-day vote, despite a threatened resurgence of the coronavirus in Italy, which was the first in Europe to go into lockdown and is now registering over 1,500 new cases daily.

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 Italy: bastion of the left, Tuscany does not switch to the extreme right The candidate of the left Eugenio Giani is credited with around 47% of the votes, against some 40% to Susanna Ceccardi, the candidate of the League of Matteo Salvini. © Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP The leader of the League Matteo Salvini, September 21, 2020 during a press conference after the regional elections. The Italian extreme right hoped to make it a triumphant symbol of its national ambitions. But on Monday she failed to conquer Tuscany, a left-wing stronghold for fifty years.

Lebanese Media. Far - right eyes Tuscany as Italy ’ s left trembles . Italian senator and head of the Lega party, Matteo Salvini (C) leaves a polling station after casting his vote on September 21, 2020 in Milan, as part as a nationwide referendum on cutting parliament numbers.

Italians vote Monday in elections that could see the far - right take the historic left -wing bastion of Tuscany , one of several regions up for grabs The left has underestimated this campaign. It thought it had it in the bag, and that Tuscans would never look to the future," Salvini told a rally near the

Ballots are being cast nationwide for a referendum on cutting parliament numbers, but all eyes are on elections held at the same time in seven regions: Campania, Liguria, Marche, Puglia, Tuscany, Valle d'Aosta and Veneto.

Voting ends at 3pm (1300 GMT) and results are expected late Monday.

The high-profile battle is for Tuscany, which has been ruled by the left for 50 years, but may soon be swapping the socialists for far-right leader Matteo Salvini's League party.

"It's all to play for. The left has underestimated this campaign. It thought it had it in the bag, and that Tuscans would never look to the future," Salvini told a rally near the Leaning Tower of Pisa as he closed his campaign.

The left is expected to hold Campania in the south, but the coalition of Salvini's League, Giorgia Meloni's far-right Brothers of Italy and Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italy may well snatch neighbour Puglia.

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Italians voted Monday in elections that could see the far right take the historic left -wing bastion of Tuscany , one of several regions up for grabs in a ballot that risks weakening an already fragile federal government.

Italians vote Monday in elections that could see the far - right take the historic left -wing bastion of Tuscany , one of several The high-profile battle is for Tuscany , which has been ruled by the left for 50 years, but may soon be swapping the socialists for far - right leader Matteo Salvini' s League party.

And the right is set to win easily in its strongholds of Veneto and Liguria, as well as taking the Marche.

- 'Times have changed' -

Such sweeping victories could further fracture the brittle relationship between the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and its ruling partner, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S).

And it would bolster the right's claim that the uneasy coalition -- not elected, but installed after the previous government collapsed -- is politically weak, and Italy's president should bring forward the 2023 national election.

"The atmosphere is very tense," political journalist Raffaele Palumbo told AFP.

The last polls to be published showed a tight race.

MEP Susanna Ceccardi, who has adopted Salvini's "Italians first" mantra, held 41.5 percent of voter intentions, compared to 43.7 percent for rival Eugenio Giani from the PD, according to polling firm YouTrend.

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Italians voted Monday in elections that could see the far right take the historic left -wing bastion of Tuscany , one of several regions up for grabs in a ballot that risks weakening an already fragile federal government.

MILAN - The far - right looked set to lose a fierce battle for the left -wing bastion of Tuscany in Italy ' s regional elections Monday, in a ballot that had risked weakening an already fragile national government. "It's an extraordinary victory," the region's centre- left candidate Eugenio Giani said, as exit polls

The PD only narrowly frustrated a League bid in January to take Emilia Romagna, one of its biggest strongholds.

Ceccardi, 33, was until recently known only to the inhabitants of Casina, a porticoed town near Pisa, which was the first to turn to the League when she was elected mayor four years ago.

Since then, Renaissance art cities from Pisa to Siena have flipped to the right.

Roberto Bianchi, Florence University contemporary history professor, said the right has long tried to woo Tuscany.

"In 2000, a frustrated Berlusconi even launched a campaign to 'de-Tuscanise Tuscany'. It was a disaster," he said.

"But times have changed. And the left has neglected its own history, its roots, its base," he added.

- Door to door -

The region has no glaring problems to drive a protest vote -- the health system has performed well under Covid-19, immigrants are well integrated, quality of life is high, Palumbo says.

But it is not immune to being swayed by national or international trends, he said, such as the lure of populism.

Ceccardi, who has a one-year old daughter, smiles down from buses and billboards. In sleek television campaign adverts she has urged Tuscans to "choose change".

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Italy ' s far - right conceded defeat after a fierce battle in the country's regional elections for the left -wing bastion of Tuscany , providing a significant boost for Ballots were cast nationwide for a referendum on cutting Parliament numbers, which passed easily. But all eyes were on elections held at the same

Far - right Brothers of Italy close to snatching Marche region from left . This is why it is concerning that just six months later the League, in coalition with the extreme right Brothers of Italy and Silvio Berlusconi’ s Forza Italia , would nonetheless be in contention in Tuscany , a region so proud of its role

Giani, 61, does not have Salvini's famed communications team -- dubbed "the Beast" -- behind him.

Among his pre-vote efforts, the Stampa daily pointed out, was a Facebook photo of him stroking a cow.

"Salvini's presence is very strong," Palumbo said.

"But Giani has spent the last few years as a regional politician going round every single little town, door to door.

"He knows everyone, and that could help him".

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