Unprecedented win for centre-right in Umbria

Donatella Tesei, new governor of Umbria, with Matteo Salvini, leader of the League. Photo credit: Umbria Oggi

 PERUGIA – The centre-right has won the regional elections of Umbria on Sunday in a landmark change for the traditionally left-wing area.

 The new governor of Umbria, therefore, is Donatella Tesei, supported by the League, Fratelli d’Italia and Forza Italia.  She beat Vincenzo Bianconi, supported by the ruling Democratic Party and Five Star Movement, by 20 per cent.  According to political sources, the majority of votes in support of Tesei were cast for the League, led by Matteo Salvini.

 La Repubblica reports that she is the first governor of Umbria not part of the Italian Communist Party, the Democratic Party of the Left or the Democratic Party.

 The Democratic Party and Five Star were not expecting to win, says La Stampa.

 In an interview with SkyTg24, Five Star Movement leader and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said “The experiment did not work” and “Five Star does better on its own.”

 Di Maio agrees with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, however, that the current government should continue, reports Il Fatto Quotidiano.

 “It would be an error to interrupt the experiment because of a region that has 2 per cent of the population,” said Conte in the Corriere della Sera.