Populist Surge in Italy as Voters Back Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Establishment Parties
Albanian Daily News
Published March 5, 2018
Italy is facing a populist uprising after a surge in support for anti-European parties in Sunday's parliamentary election, however no party received enough votes to rule alone meaning the country will likely enter a period of political deadlock.
The anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) made significant gains in Sunday's vote though with 31% of the vote, it doesn't have enough seats to form government, according to state broadcaster RAI.
The center-right coalition, which includes League -- also known as the Northern League -- along with former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and the neo-fascist Brothers of Italy, is likely to form the largest bloc in both houses of the country's parliament, a combined share of votes totaling over 37%.
Of its coalition partners, the anti-immigrant League attracted the largest share of the votes with 18% to Forza Italia's 14%. The swing toward the League looks set to give the party as many as 123 seats in the lower house, up from 22 seats, a six-fold increase.
As no party secured a majority, the country faces weeks, if not months, of negotiations between groups with competing interests to form a government. Final results are expected to be released at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET)