Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Centre left consolidates strong showing with Sicilian result


Rome, June 11 - The centre left has continued its
strong showing in the first nationwide round of local elections
since February's national vote with a good performance in
Sicily, early results suggested on Tuesday.
Candidates representing the centre-left Democratic Party,
which has been hit by internal turmoil after it failed to win
February's general election, took Rome and 10 other provincial
capitals in run-off votes staged Sunday and Monday.
The outcome gave the PD and 16-0 win over ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's centre-right alliance when one counts the victories
centre-left candidates sealed in the first round last month by
winning over 50% of the vote, making run-offs unnecessary in
these cases.
Sicily, meanwhile, held first-round votes for many town and
city councils on Sunday and Monday, including provincial
capitals Catania, Messina, Siracusa and Ragusa.
Former PD Senator Enzo Bianco is the new mayor of Catania,
after claiming just over 50% of the vote in the first round,
while centre-right incumbent Raffaele Stancanelli had around
The centre left's Felice Calabro also looked like he may
prevail in the first round in Messina.
He had 50.18% of the vote after over 80% of the papers had
been counted, with Renato Accorinti, the head of a group opposed
the hypothesis of building a bridge across the Strait of Messina
to connect Sicily to the mainland, second with 23.74%.
Centre-left candidates were also ahead in Siracusa and
Ragusa, although both contests look set to go to run-offs.
Premier Enrico Letta, a PD member who has been at the helm
of an unprecedented left-right government since April, said
Monday that the local election results had strengthened his
"It seems that overall this result reinforces the system of
a broad coalition government," said Letta, who has repeatedly
reiterated that his government was the only way out of two
months of impasse following February's inconclusive vote.
"That's how I read it. It's a result that spurs me and us
to keep working".

photo: Enzo Bianco

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