Bunga bunga! As Walt predicted in "Italian top court OKs Fascist salute as right-wing coalition heads for election victory" (WWW 24/2/18), Italian voters turned sharply to the right in yesterday's parliamentary election. Lifetime pct .991!
Latest results show the anti-establishment Five Star Movement as the biggest party. With strong support in the south of the country, they garnered 32.3% of the vote. But former Prime Minister Silvio Berluscone's coalition of centre-right and far-right parties is set to win most seats in the lower house of the Italian parliament.
Matteo Salvini, leader of the League (formerly the Northern League), declared that, with 17.6% of the vote, his party had the "right and duty" to govern at the head of a right-wing coalition. Mr Berlusconi's Forza Italia got 14%, and the far right Brothers of Italy received a smaller share.
Italy is now in for another coalition government, but this time it will be coalition of the centre right, not the centre left. But who will lead? The joker in the deck is the Five Star Movement, which did not join Mr Berlusconi's coalition in the election campaign. If they are going to be part of the coalition government, it would seem logical for their leader, Luigi Di Maio, to get a high position. But at only 31 years of age, the political neophyte is seen to lack the experience and gravitas for the role of prime minister.
Silvio Berlusconi cannot hold public office until next year because of a tax fraud conviction. Besides, he's 81 -- yesterday's man, no longer capable of bunga bunga! Walt predicts the next Prime Minister of Italy will be the League's Matteo Salvini, pictured above. (Lifetime pct .991.)
The Clinton News Network never says "the League". They always call the party "the xenophobic League". During the campaign, Mr Salvini spoke about the danger of Islam, and promised to deport hundreds of thousands of "refugees" and other migrants. And that's why Italians voted for his part and the other putative members of the new coalition. Italians are xenophobic. And they don't like foreigners very much, either. Who can blame them?!