The two most powerful Italian regions, northern Lombardy and central Lazio, will elect their new authorities this weekend in an election that will also be the first electoral thermometer for the government coalition led by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who is standing united against to the opposition dispersion.
Nearly 8 million people are empowered to elect the president of Lombardy, the richest in the country with almost 22% of the Gross Domestic Productwhile another 5 million will vote for the new authorities in Lazio, seat of the capital Rome, in elections that will take place on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The right-wing coalition that supports Meloni at the national level, formed by the League, Brothers of Italy and Force Italy, presents itself united in the two regions and will seek to retain the Government of Lombardy at the hands of the current Governor, Attilio FontanaMeanwhile in Lazio will present the former president of the Red Cross Francesco Rocca to seek a victory in a region historically linked to the center-left.
“This vote will tell us what Italy really thinks,” Meloni said. in the last few hours, in what was read as an attempt by the premier to pose the elections as a “referendum” on his government.
The forces of center and center left who are part of the opposition to Meloni at the national level present themselves instead divided into Lombardy, where the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement (M5E) are candidates for Pierfrancesco Majorino but the so-called “Third Pole” of Italia Viva y Acción will go separately with former Lombard president Letizia Moratti as a candidate.
In Lazio, meanwhile, the PD and “Third Pole” will seek to continue the eight years of center-left administration of Nicola Zingaretti with the former head of regional health Alessio D’Amato, while the Cinco Estrellas proposes the journalist of the public channel RAI Donatella Bianchi.