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Italy election: Live updates as Italians choose a new government

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Four former prime ministers are running for office

The centre-left bloc’s biggest force, the Democratic Party, is headed by Enrico Letta, a professor who had been formerly appointed as the technocratic head of a big-tent coalition government in 2013. His 10-month premiership ended as a result of scuffles inside his party, and he was succeeded in February 2014 by Matteo Renzi.

Renzi himself, while no longer a member of the Democratic Party, is running for PM again this year – this time, as a candidate of a considerably smaller centrist coalition known as the Third Pole (Terzo Polo).

The Five Star Movement is also headed by a familiar face: Giuseppe Conte, a lawyer who presided over two coalition cabinets from 2018 to 2021 and led Italy through the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic. His downfall was triggered by ex-PM Matteo Renzi, who withdrew his support from the coalition and triggered a governmental crisis.

And lastly, Italy’s longtime ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi has made a phoenix-like comeback as part of the right-wing coalition.


Link to original article on https://www.euronews.com/2022/09/25/italy-election-live-updates-as-italians-choose-a-new-government

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