The leader of Italy’s most popular left-wing party has announced he will step down after his catastrophic defeat to a coalition of right-wing parties led by Giorgia Meloni.
Enrico Letta, the leader of Italy’s Democratic Party, announced he would step down following his party’s seismic defeat to a right-wing coalition led by populist Giorgia Meloni in the country’s general election on Sunday.
Comprised of Fratelli D’Italia (Brothers of Italy), La Lega (the League) and Forza Italia (Italy Forward), the three-party alliance is now set to secure an outright majority in the country’s parliament, with Meloni now looking likely to become the first female Prime Minister of Italy.
While it’s been a very good day for Italy’s right, it’s a whole different story for those on the left, with Letta announcing he now intends to quit due to his party’s poor performance .
According to a report by The Fogliowhile Italy’s former prime minister (2013-14) would not back down just yet, he said he would hold a party conference with the aim of organizing a leadership election.
“In the next few days, we will bring together the party organs to accelerate the path that will lead us to the congress. A congress to which I will not reappear as a candidate,” said the centrist publication Letta.
However, the politician appeared to refuse to take responsibility for the rise of the right in the country, saying it was Giuseppe Conte of the left-wing populist 5 Star Party who brought down the former Technicolor-led government by Eurocrat Mario Draghi.
“The Italians chose the right, it was a clear choice,” he said. “The trend that appeared two weeks ago in Sweden is also confirmed in Italy. It is a sad day for Italy and for Europe.
Giorgia Meloni is the new Italian Prime Minister. She is dedicated to traditional family values, opposes gender ideology and the LGBT lobby, supports strong borders and seeks to end unrestricted mass migration. Fantastic ! https://t.co/AbuimpGuOh
—Simon Kent (@sunsimonkent) September 26, 2022
The Italian Democratic Party, however, is not the only group having a very bad day in Italy.
Another loser on Monday was Emma Bonino, a former EU commissioner, who currently leads the Europa+ party, a militant pro-Brussels party that adamantly says it aims to create the so-called “United States of Europe”.
However, such a goal was apparently firmly rejected by the Italian public, with Bonino losing his Senate seat in Rome to a member of Fratelli D’Italia, led by likely future Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
Meanwhile, the party as a whole may not even manage to secure the 3% of the total vote required to win seats through the country’s proportional representation system, which exists alongside first-past-the-post ballots.
Another loser revealed on Monday was Italy’s Movimento 5 Stelle (5 Star Movement), which once existed as the largest party in Italy’s government before collapsing in infighting while in power.
The Italian public has now punished the party for its tenure at the polls, with the party dropping from nearly 33% of the vote in the last election to an estimated 15-16% on Sunday.
This will likely reduce the party to third place, putting it behind its former Democratic Party coalition partners, as well as Fratelli D’Italia, which is expected to be the most popular group.
Despite such a failure, the leader of the party, Giuseppe Conte, seems satisfied with the result, believing that his group will now have a “big responsibility” in the opposition benches.
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