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World Italians vote in regional elections, referendum in test for coalition

14:41  20 september  2020
14:41  20 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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ROME — Italians began voting on Sunday in a raft of local ballots and a referendum , with the ruling coalition under pressure in its first electoral test since The rightist opposition, led by Matteo Salvini’s League, is expected to win at least four of the regions up for grabs, and could capture the traditional

ROME (Reuters) - Italians began voting on Sunday in a raft of local ballots and a referendum , with the ruling coalition under pressure in its first electoral test since The seventh region at stake is the tiny, French-speaking Valle D'Aosta which has its own party system. Italians vote in regional elections

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ROME (Reuters) - Italians began voting on Sunday in a raft of local ballots and a referendum, with the ruling coalition under pressure in its first electoral test since the coronavirus crisis.

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Voters have largely approved of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's handling of the pandemic, but recent opinion polls suggest this will not help his coalition allies in the vote for the heads of seven regions and mayors in almost 1,000 towns.

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ROME (Reuters) - Italians began voting on Sunday in a raft of local ballots and a referendum , with the ruling coalition under pressure in its first electoral test It took 15 seconds longer to vote perhaps, but everything was fine," said 69-year-old university professor Carlo Di Giovine after voting in the

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The rightist opposition, led by Matteo Salvini's League, is expected to win at least four of the regions up for grabs, and could capture the traditional leftwing stronghold of Tuscany.

A drubbing for the ruling parties would galvanise the League and its allies, but most analysts say it would be unlikely to trigger a government collapse in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and as the country prepares a crucial 2021 budget.

Voting takes place over two days and exit polls will be published at 1300 GMT on Monday when ballot boxes close.

The co-ruling anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and centre-left Democratic Party are fielding separate candidates almost everywhere, hurting their chances against a united centre-right.

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ROME (Reuters) - Italy holds seven regional elections and a constitutional referendum on Sunday and Monday, with an alliance of rightist parties looking certain to make gains at the expense of divided government partners. Here is a breakdown of the ballots and some of the key battles to look out for.

Matteo Salvini’s coalition made gains in regional elections , but failed to take the the important Italians also voted to modify Italy ’s Constitution on Monday, overwhelmingly backing a reduction in The referendum , originally drafted by a member of a center-right party and endorsed by politicians

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5-Star, which does not run any of Italy's 20 regions, is pinning its hopes on the only nationwide ballot -- a referendum it champions to cut the number of lawmakers to 600 from 945.

Early voting went smoothly despite concerns over possible delays due to coronavirus social distancing rules.

"The polling station president and the staff were very clear about the rules. It took 15 seconds longer to vote perhaps, but everything was fine," said 69-year-old university professor Carlo Di Giovine after voting in the referendum in Rome.

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The centre-left is expected to lose control of Marche in the centre and Puglia in the south, while holding on to the southern region of Campania. Tuscany looks like a neck-and-neck race.

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Italians began voting on Sunday in a raft of local ballots and a referendum , with the ruling coalition under pressure in its first electoral test since the It took 15 seconds longer to vote perhaps, but everything was fine," said 69-year-old university professor Carlo Di Giovine after voting in the

Italian lawmakers cheered a crushing referendum victory that will cut their numbers - safe in the knowledge that their parliamentary life will probably FILE PHOTO: Leader of Italy 's far-right League party Matteo Salvini reacts as he addresses the media on the results of regional elections , in Milan

The right should easily keep power in the two northern regions where it currently governs -- Liguria and Veneto. The seventh region at stake is the tiny, French-speaking Valle D'Aosta which has its own party system.

(Additional reporting by Carmelo Camilli and Roberto Mignucci; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)


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Italians called to the polls despite the progression of the coronavirus .
© Provided by Le Point Italians are called on Sunday to challenge the progression of the coronavirus and go to vote, especially in the regional elections in Tuscany, a left-wing bastion for half a year century whose extreme right dreams of seizing. Seven regions - more than 20 million inhabitants - must elect their presidents.

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