League to run traditionally left-wing cities

Ferrara has elected the anti-immigration League party after 69 years of centre-left administration. Photo credit: il Fatto Quotidiano

ROME – Italy has witnessed a substantial growth of the right after local elections run-offs results indicated the victory of the centre-right coalition in major cities of Emilia-Romagna, a region traditionally controlled by the left.

 Ferrara has elected the anti-immigration League party after 69 years of centre-left administration while Forli broke away from 50 years under ‘red’ control. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini described the victory as “extraordinary”.

 The coalition has taken over the administration of five regional capitals and remained at the head of Foggia and Ascoli, il Fatto Quotidiano reported Monday. Meanwhile, the centre-left reconquered Livorno and Rovigno, and kept Reggio Emilia, Prato, Cremona, Verbania, Cesena.

 "There's an alternative to Salvini and it's a new centre-left. And this is only the start,” Nicola Zingaretti, leader of the Democratic Party (PD), said on Twitter.

 The 7-7 result in the run-offs, combined with the first round results, leaves 14 provincial seats to the left-wing coalition and 12 to the right.

 The Five Star Movement (M5S) won in Campobasso, the only regional capital where it made it to the run-offs, ANSA reported. Gianluca Festa won in Avellino.

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