In the aftermath of the general elections of this year we got other data to evaluate, this time about the regional elections for Lazio, Lombardia and Molise. In Italy every region got a degree of autonomy when it comes to very important matters like public health system, schools, welfare and so on.
It is important to remember that absolute majority is not required to win, the most voted candidate will prevail. The winner’s results is highlighted in red.
These are the results:
Francesco Storace (center-right) 29.3%
Nicola Zingaretti (center-left) 40.7%
Davide Barillari (Movimento 5 Stelle) 20.2%
Giulia Bongiorno (Monti coalition) 4.7%
Alessandro Ruotolo (Rivoluzione Civile) 2.2%
Alessandra Baldassari (Fare per fermare il declino) 0.6%
Roberto Maroni (center-right) 42.8%
Umberto Ambrosoli (center-left) 38.2%
Silvana Carcano (Movimento 5 Stelle) 13.6%
Gabriele Albertini (Monti coalition) 4.1%
Carlo Pinardi (Fare per fermare il declino) 1.2%
Michele Iorio (center-right) 25.8%
Paolo Frattura (center-left) 44.7%
Antonio Federico (Movimento 5 Stelle) 16.8%
Antonio De Lellis (Riv. Democratica) 1.1 %
Massimo Romano (Costruire Democrazia) 11,0%
Camillo Colella (Lavoro Sport Sociale) 0.6%
Center-left coalition win in Lazio and Molise but fail to conquer Lombardia that remain under the center-right local government. With no need for an absolute majority the good performance of “Movimento 5 Stelle” is not enough to enforce local agreements. Now the focus will shift to local competitions, including very important cities like Roma. All the winning candidates got more votes than their coalitions, a clear indication of how much it’s important to choose a prominent member of a party, well exposed to the media.
Mr. Roberto Maroni got the game of his life with this victory. After the hard fall of his party, “Lega Nord”, in the general elections (they got roughly half of the votes of 2008) his only choice was to win in Lombardia. The party is still under shock, with huge rumors about the need of a new leadership. For Mr. Maroni now the challenge is to form a local government that marks a strong difference from the past president Mr. Formigoni without causing a setback with the allies of “Popolo della Libertà”.
For Mr. Nicola Zingaretti, new governor of Lazio, this victory could lead in the next years to a national challenge inside the “Partito Democratico”. Before that he got to face a very hard situation in Lazio, a region plagued by an huge debt and left in political rubbles by former governor Ms. Polverini. A five year period as Lazio governor is one of the hardest political challenges now in Italy, a real battle to win for Mr. Zingaretti.
Mr. Paolo Frattura got a victory that squares once for all two years of controversy. In 2011 Mr. Frattura lost the competition for 828 votes against past governor Mr. Iorio, with the bitter satisfaction to see that victory crushed a few months later by a scandal about irregularities related to the elections. With a clear mandate from his fellow citizens now Mr. Frattura got to try to help Molise solve its problems, with a hard legacy of enviromental matters.
Mr. Umberto Ambrosoli did his best. He knows how it will be difficult to win enough consensus in a region like Lombardia and again, he knows well how small were his choices to use the arguments of common sense against the outcries of populism. His final result, 38.2%, shows in the best way that even the italian richest region wasn’t ready for a pragmatic choice. Nice try.
Mr. Francesco Storace is an old wolf of italian politics. A former Lazio governor, a long time public face for the right-wing parties, he perfectly knows that this challenge was a desperate one. A result of 29.3% in a region like Lazio, usually deployed in the center-right political field, is well under target. Mr. Storace will be under the media spot for the next five years, a good position to challenge his many opponents in the national politics.
Mr. Michele Iorio got a serious problem now. After many years of power he’s on the need to defend himself in a number of legal issues, leaving a local political power system orphan of its former owner. It’s an easy bet to say that, from now on, he will be more busy in the court than in politics. His main political sponsor, Mr. Berlusconi, is too much involved in his own problems to assist him again.
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