Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Over half of Sicilian voters snub regional elections


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Rome, October 29 - Over half of Sicily's voters
snubbed Sunday's elections for a new regional assembly and
governor in what is being interpreted as a sign of the Italian
public's disaffection with its political class.
Just over 47% of the 2,203,885 eligible voters used the
ballot box, compared to 66.68% in the 2008 elections in the
A series of recent corruption scandals affecting parties on
various parts of the political spectrum has reinforced
skepticism about the world of politics among many Italians.
Premier Mario Monti, who has been at the helm of an
unelected emergency government of non-political technocrats
since the financial crisis forced Silvio Berlusconi to resign as
prime minister last year, regularly scores much higher than the
leaders of the main parties in approval polls even though he has
pushed through a series of unpopular austerity measures.
The anti-establishment Five Star movement of comedian Beppe
Grillo is expected to benefit from this disaffection and perform
well in Sicily.
The elections were called in the region after governor
Raffaele Lombardo quit in July following an indictment for
colluding with the mafia.
The vote count started across Sicily at 8:00 local time.

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