Five Stars victory marks end of Italy's second Republic

Mar 06, 2018 588

BY: Kay Wallace

Sunday’s Italian election produced two winners, or no winner, depending on how you look at it. The populist Five Star Movement, led by 31-year-old Luigi di Maio, was the undisputed winner of the popular vote. With 32%, it swept aside the Democratic Party (PD), which failed to reach 19%.

The other big winner was the right-wing La Lega (the League). Although it polled slightly less than the PD, with over 17%, this was a huge increase on previous results, and a great personal victory for its young leader Matteo Salvini. But no one party or grouping reached the 40% necessary to form a stable parliamentary majority.

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