On the eve of elections, Italy prepares for a possible far-right victory

Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after playing Team Europe’s final doubles match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal at the 2022 Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London in the early hours of September 24, 2022. increase. —AFP pic

Saturday, September 24, 2022 23:51 MYT

ROME, Sept. 24 – Italy braced for Saturday’s seismic shift on the eve of election predictions that will hand it the most right-wing government since World War II.

He has ousted the internationally respected Mario Draghi and, according to polls, has backed Euroskeptic Giorgia Meloni. She is the leader of the post-fascist Brotherhood of Italy and is widely expected to head the country’s first female government.

“The country is hungry for change, for a new face,” Wolfango Piccoli of Teneo, a London-based political risk consultancy, told AFP.

Italy is battling a series of crises, from extreme weather events linked to rampant inflation and climate change to an energy crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

The campaign sparked by Mr Draghi’s downfall in July ended on Friday, giving Italians a day of respite as campaigns are banned until the vote.

People who spoke to AFP in Rome on Saturday said they were unsure the day before the elections as the latest polls showed Italy’s brothers’ party was likely to win and take power. .

Maria Tasca, a 27-year-old student from Sicily, said she was “worried about the fact that the polls are winning the right wing, especially Giorgia Meloni.”

“There is no magic solution”

“From what she’s said about women’s rights, youth rights and rights in general, things are at least 50 years backwards,” Taska added.

“The problems are all over the world and there are no magic solutions. But sometimes things have to change,” said the 75-year-old shopkeeper.

Meloni, 45, said to reassure cautious investors and worried Brussels that her party’s historic ties to supporters of dictator Benito Mussolini are in the past. I’ve been working hard over the past few weeks.

She softened her tone and posted a video on TikTok of herself making traditional pastries from the Puglia region.

But she channeled Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings warrior Aragorn at the Right-wing Coalition’s closing rally on Thursday.

The self-proclaimed “Christian mother” slips away from being a fantasy king, blaming the left for the country’s “drug dealers, thieves, rapists and the mafia,” adding that “this Italy ends on Sunday.”

Berlusconi, 85, was by her side.

The media mogul is on trial for being accused of bribing starlets into not testifying about his erotic partying, campaigning mostly online and paying for work-from-home pay. I promise to woo my grandmother and housewives.

TikTok jokes

He also chased the youth votes with several TikTok jokes, including one about not trying to steal his girlfriend.

The race saw political parties trying to win over voters with ideas like tube goods from northern Italy to southern Italy and fight climate change with cannabis.

Salvini, 49, was condemned by the Catholic Church for campaigning under the slogan “Credo” (I believe).

Fearing that Meloni would lose a significant portion of his supporters, Salvini has tried to stand out by calling for an end to sanctions against Russia and lashing out at the EU.

But the end of his campaign was overshadowed by a video clip of him describing the blind league contender as “Italian eyes” on Thursday.

Center-left Enricoletta, leader of the Democratic Party (PD), attended the final rally in an electric van. His Electricity Campaign When his bus ran out of battery, he reminded voters of his previous efforts to promote green transportation.

The left’s main rival, Giuseppe Conte, head of the populist Five Star Movement, appeared to have more endurance.

The media dubbed him the “traveling Madonna”, as he was frequently photographed with large numbers of supporters standing head-to-shoulder above the crowd. —AFP On the eve of elections, Italy prepares for a possible far-right victory

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