Italians are preparing to go to the polls without much enthusiasm
Frédéric Michel (in Rome), edited by Juliette Moreau Alvarez
A few hours before the election, which some are already calling historic, tension is at its highest in Italy. Giorgia Meloni, with the Fratelli d’Italia alliance, leads the polls in the general elections with 24-25% of voting intentions, versus 21-22% for the Democratic Party and 13-15% for the 5 Star Movement, 12% for the league and 8% for Forza Italia. With this result, an ultra-conservative coalition with Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi could win more than half of the seats in parliament.
A change represented by the law?
In Rome, this election does not arouse much enthusiasm. But this pensioner will still go to the polls tomorrow: “I will vote. Of course it’s important. In the hope that Italy will still be a country.” For his part, Guido, a Roman restaurateur, will enjoy his Sunday like many Italians. “I don’t think I’m going to vote because nobody is representing me,” he explains. “They say the right will win. I don’t know if it’s extreme, as some say, or if it’s more of a competitor’s marketing argument than a true extreme right.”
If Giorgia Meloni wins, she would be the first woman to lead Italy. It would be a major victory for the far right, but not the first. The Lega came to power four years ago when Matteo Salvini took power as deputy prime minister, who will also hold a key ministry, the interior ministry. Tomorrow the Union of the Right is supposed to let the post-fascist party Fratelli d’Italia win with its partners from the Lega and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
A scenario that Marisa particularly wishes for. “I’m going to vote because I’m not happy with our situation. i want to live better I’m someone who pays his taxes and so I demand that the services work, which wasn’t until we have a lot of public disorder, a lot of chaos at all levels. This change is represented by the right.”
Meloni, the Italian “Marine Le Pen”
When the far right is about to win, the concept of the far right is not the same as in France. In Italy, for example, you hear a lot about Giorgia Meloni “that you have to try it”. She is the only one who did not take part in the last governing coalition. Meloni still faces fierce opponents like this young Italian: “I don’t like his ideology that much because I’m a bit modern,” she explains. “I see it a bit like an opposition, a bit like Marine Le Pen at home.”
As always in Italy, the results of the elections are expected very late in the night from Sunday to Monday.
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