Friday, March 9, 2018

General election in Italy made the hung parliament

On March 5th, the result of Italian general election was revealed. The outcome was that no major parties won the majority.

Five Star Movement (FSM), a newly rising party gained the largest vote. But its share remained 32%. FSM led by Luigi Di Maio gained public support using populism.

Also, League led by Matteo Salvini is an extreme-right party. If these two parties make a coalition, Italy is going to be a nationalists' nation. However, it is uncertain whether Salvini will bow to younger Di Maio.

On the other hand, Forza Italia led by Silvio Berlusconi and Democratic Party by Matteo Renzi made a serious defeat. They won previous elections each other. But the citizens seem to be disappointed with their ability of administration.

The Guardian: Italian elections 2018 - full results

I think, however, it is quite doubtful that FSM and League will take leadership. There are little particular differences in their ideology. Populism party will collapse as the time passed.

Public attention is focused on the next Prime Minister. If no particular coalition is established, the parliament will be completely stuck. In Germany, through long struggling, Merkel developed a coalition. I wonder who can be equal to her in the political sense in Italy.

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