Narrow victory for M5S over right-wing parties in Ostia
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Monica Picca, running for a coalition between various parties including Forza Italia and the far right Brothers of Italy, won 26.7 percent of the vote. Brothers of Italy (FDI) councillor, Andrea De Priamo, has remarked that the success of the M5S can be seen as "the first serious consequence" of the removal of Ostia's council two years ago under suspicion of corruption. The swing towards the right politics is not limited to Picca’s coalition as Casa Pound, a neo-fascist party that is openly militant towards Jews and immigrants, won 9.6 percent of the vote, up from 1.8 in the last election, some areas of the municipality gave up to 15 percent of vote to the party. Together, 36.3 percent of the vote belongs to the far-right.
It remains to be seen what will happen on Nov. 19 when M5S and Picca’s coalition will run head to head in the second vote. Picca’s coalition may well attract the far-right voters due to the populist and nationalist elements brought in, however, M5S could possibly bring in this demographic as the party expresses a clearer populist vision that, as seen in the
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