The left is consolidating in the big cities in the local elections in Italy

The Italian center-left party leads the first known polls this Monday in major cities like Rome, Milan and Turin, at the end of a first round of elections that would have undermined the aspirations of the right-wing bloc by the leader of the league, Matteo Salvini.

More than twelve million people in hundreds of cities were called to vote this Sunday and Monday, although much of the attention is focused on competitions such as Rome, where current Mayor Virginia Raggi of the 5 Star Movement (M5S ) seems to be excluded.

The left is consolidating in the big cities in the local elections in Italy
The left is consolidating in the big cities in the local elections in Italy

Raggi ranks third in the exit surveys conducted by the broadcasters Rai and Sky TG24. This last poll places Roberto Gualtieri of the Democratic Party at the top, although the first poll tends to match Enrico Michetti, who is at the head of a right-wing alliance.

In the capital, it seems certain that there will be a second round – planned for October 17th and 18th – something that will in principle neither take place in Milan, where the current mayor Giuseppe Sala is prominent, nor in Bologna who would have fallen by a large margin on the side of Matteo Lepore.

In Naples, Gaetano Manfredi also starts with a sufficient lead in these first polls, while in Turin the center-left may have to wait for the second ballot if Stefano Lo Russo, it seems, does not get more than 50 percent of the vote … in this first round.

The local elections serve to increase the popularity of the parties in Italy, while there is speculation about a new electoral lead if Prime Minister Mario Draghi leaves the government in the coming months to replace President Sergio. Mattarella. In principle, the parliamentarians are not planned until 2023.

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