September 30, 2023

Athens News

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Italy holds parliamentary elections today

Voting is taking place today in the Italian parliamentary elections. Citizens will have to elect 200 senators and 400 deputies.

Polling stations opened at 7 am and will close at 11 pm. Just over 46 million Italians will take part in the vote. 70 parties and political formations are registered in the lists of candidates. To enter parliament, parties need to overcome the barrier of 3%, for coalitions this figure rises to 10%.

Voting is carried out by lists and by single-mandate constituencies. At the same time, it is impossible to vote for a representative of one party and at the same time choose his party list. The turnout predicted by experts is about 65%.

A turn to the right, according to experts, can expect the political arena of Italy following the results of early parliamentary elections. The centre-right alliance is led by George Meloni, head of the Brothers of Italy party. She enlisted the support of the right-wing “League of the North” led by Matteo Salvini and the conservative party of former Prime Minister Silvio Berluscomni “Forward Italy”. Some political experts consider the Brothers of Italy party to be neo-fascist.

The center-right’s main rival in the elections is the Democratic Party, led by former Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

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