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Elections in Italy: the last rallies take place at the end of the electoral campaign

Italian parties held their last rallies on Friday ahead of Sunday’s snap general election that is expected to be won by the right-wing bloc led by Giorgia Meloni.

A trio of centre-left, populist and centrist groups held their closing meetings in different squares across Rome, underscoring their failure to forge a united electoral pact – a move that benefited the conservative coalition enormously.

Friday was the last day political candidates could make their last ditch effort to tap the votes, while Saturday marks the start of a period of election silence.

At the Democratic Party rally in Rome’s colossal Piazza del Popolo, leader Enrico Letta gave a speech shortly after an orchestra played Bella Ciao – the anthem of the Italian World War II resistance that is reviled by much of the right.

“We made the choice to defend the Italian constitution,” he declared in front of a full place. “Ours is the place of an Italy of hope, which looks to the future – quite different from that of the right, an Italy of fear.”

The day before, the Piazza del Popolo had been the scene of the right-wing bloc’s own rally. The leader of the Brothers of Italy, Meloni, gave her last campaign speech in Naples on Friday.

A degree of controversy has surrounded the right-wing coalition recently. Matteo Salvini himself staged a brief protest outside the European Commission headquarters in Rome on Friday, following remarks by Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen on how the EU would treat Italy if things went wrong. a “difficult direction”.

Moreover, comments made by former prime minister and right-wing candidate Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday sparked outcry, as he called the war in Ukraine a “special operation” and claimed that Putin had been “pushed” to invade the neighboring country.

Among the other two political forces that closed their rallies on Friday were the Centrist Bloc – made up of liberal and pro-European splinter parties from the Democratic Party – and the Five Star Movement, which is trying to garner votes in the poorer south of the country. Italy by promoting a social initiative. for the unemployed.

euronews Gt

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