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Meloni's candidate in the last poll before the Italian elections

Meloni’s candidate in the last poll before the Italian elections

Two weeks before the parliamentary elections in Italy, the latest opinion polls were published. Then there is a respite until the elections. According to a poll conducted by the opinion research institute “Demos” and published by the daily “La Repubblica” Friday, the right-wing populist party Fratelli d’Italia (FdI) leads with 24.6 percent of the vote.

According to the poll, the Democratic Party (Parteto Democrat / PD) could get 22.4 percent of the vote. The right-wing Lega party led by former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will get 12 percent, while the conservative right-wing Forza Italia party led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will get 7.7 percent. The centre-right coalition of Fratelli d’Italia, Lega and Forza Italia could thus obtain a proportional majority in the newly elected parliament.

The Five Star Movement, led by former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, which emerged as the strongest single party in the 2018 general election and split from Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in June, climbed to 13.8 percent. Mario Draghi’s coalition government collapsed in July. Early parliamentary elections are scheduled for September 25. So far, Italy has never elected its parliament in the fall.

The poll found outgoing Prime Minister Draghi to be the most popular figure in Italy with 67 percent of the vote. Former prime minister and five-star prime minister Giuseppe Conte came second with 43 per cent. Meloni was third with 41 percent.

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