Who are the candidates in the elections in Italy

Martha Rollan |

Rome (EFE) — Far-right Georgia Meloni, top front-runner in Italy’s 25th election, is the only woman among six political leaders leading an election in which the outcome will be clearly favorable to the right, polls all agree.

The leader of the Brothers of Italy (FdI) tops the list, which also includes her partners Matteo Salvini (League) and Silvio Berlusconi (Forza Italia, FI), as well as the progressive Enrico Letta (Democratic Party, DP), Giuseppe Conte (5 Star Movement, M5S ) and centrist Carlo Calenda (Action).

Fratelli d’Italia candidate Giorgia Meloni during a campaign event. EFE/EPA/Luca Zennaro

melon queen

Meloni (Rome, 1977) catapulted his party to the top: the FdI today leads all polls with the intention of winning around 25% of the vote, while in the 2018 elections it had to settle for a meager 4%, while the right winged coalition, which it forms together with Liga and FI, may even take more than 70% of Parliament.

Exploiting social discontent, especially amid the pandemic, and his persistence as opposition in the three executive legislatures are the keys to his success. Not forgetting that she also represents the ideal image of the change she stands for: she will be the first woman to become head of government in Italy, a decidedly macho country, though feminism isn’t exactly one of her battles.

League party leader Matteo Salvini in the archive. EPA/Riccardo Antimiani

Salvini, troupe

The controversial Matteo Salvini (Milan, 1973), the undisputed face of the Italian right in recent years, this time has to come to terms with the fact that he was a mere comparison to Meloni, whom he encountered from time to time during the campaign, but folded his wings. knowing that his attractiveness is not the same as in the past as he has risen from 34% of European women in 2019 to 12% in current polls.

The man who managed to get the small independence party from the north to spread throughout Italy and come to power in 2018, removing its nationalist character, today maintains a somewhat incoherent discourse that, together with his proximity to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, has led to the loss of a significant part of his force against Meloni, who not only stole the voters, but also the support of many businessmen in the country.

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi in an image file. EFE/EPA/Fabio Frustachi

Berlusconi, non-flammable

The undisputed forerunner of Trump’s populism or Bolsonaro is Silvio Berlusconi (Milan, 1936), who returns to the political arena after many years of disqualification due to his countless legal cases, with the intention of becoming at least the President of the Senate at the age of 85. age and until which he did not hesitate to overthrow the government of his “friend” Mario Draghi.

With the 8% that the polls give to FI, the party that many heavyweights fled after helping overthrow the former president of the European Central Bank, his role seems to be secondary, although with the non-flammable Burlsukoni, you never know, TV mogul, three-time prime minister, party organizer Bunga Bunga with young girls in their mansions, a close friend of Putin and much more.

Democratic Party candidate Enrico Letta during an election rally. EFE/EPA/Riccardo Antimiani

Letta, sobriety

More than likely leader of the opposition in the next legislature, the Secretary General of the Democratic Party epitomizes the more sober but also less charismatic side of the always extravagant Italian politics: this university professor was an MP, an MEP, several times a minister and led the government until he was expelled from Matteo Renzi’s own party, but returned to politics at the request of his colleagues.

Letta’s strategy (Pisa, 1966) to go to the polls with M5S seemed good for the DP (second party in the polls, with 20%) and for the left, but the fall of Draghi broke the pact, and with him he expects to maintain an equal duel with the right.

M5S leader Giuseppe Conte on the campaign trail. EFE/EPA/Fabio Frustachi

Conte, convert

Conte (Volturara Appula, 1964) took a path opposite to the usual in politics: an obscure university professor who overnight became prime minister of two M5S governments now became the leader of the opposition, a ferocious transformation to the point of becoming one of the triggers of the fall Draghi and severing his alliance with the DP, with which he could seek power.

M5S Conte is not punished for this at all, she navigates the quicksand without choosing any ideology, but rather pointing out specific issues, and gaining 15% of the votes in the polls, which gives her a prominent role in the future opposition.

Carlo Calenda, candidate for Acción, on the campaign trail. EFE/EPA/Matteo Corner

Calendar, new

The latest in the race was Carlo Calenda (Rome, 1973) with Acción, a party born in January with the aim of occupying the space of the political center along with Italia Viva de Renzi with the so-called “Third Pole”. (7%), although he has extensive political experience, having held positions in the governments of the Democratic Party.

A lawyer and businessman known for his often unexpected decisions, Kalenda wants to be true to the balance between right and left in this election, which he abandoned after the initial agreement to go along, which was seen as a betrayal by his former colleagues.

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