65 Italian cities organize the second round of local elections
Italians start voting on Sunday in a two-day run-off for local governments in 65 major cities and towns, including the capital Rome, Reuters reported.
Two weeks ago, the center-left Democratic Party (PD) won municipal elections in many major cities and the outgoing mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi of the Five Star Movement, failed to even qualify for the election. a second round.
The PD immediately won in the financial capital Milan as well as in Bologna and Naples, obtaining more than 50% of the votes and thus avoiding the need for a second round.
But there will be second tours in the northern cities of Turin and Trieste, as well as in Rome. The polling stations will close Monday afternoon.
In Rome, former Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri is expected to garner most of the votes that went in the first round to Raggi and Carlo Calenda, an independent centrist.
Gualtieri came second in the first round with 27%, behind right-wing candidate Enrico Michetti, lawyer and radio host, with 30%.
Gualtieri received support from Calenda and former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of the 5 Star Movement. Raggi has decided not to support any of the remaining candidates.
The elections will not have a direct impact on Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government of national unity, but they are the first since he was sworn in last February.