Italians prepare for municipal elections and all eyes are on Rome

Local elections are about to begin in more than 1,000 cities across Italy, but turnout is expected to be low on both Sunday and Monday. Former …

Local elections are about to begin in more than 1,000 cities across Italy, but turnout is expected to be low on both Sunday and Monday.

Former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who took office as leader of the right-wing 5-Star Movement in August, has been campaigning hard.

He is running against anti-migrant far-right leader Matteo Salvini, whose League party is on the rise.

According to recent polls, it has fallen from a high of 34% during the 2019 European elections to around 20% now.

The League has lost to another far-right party, the Brothers of Italy, which may overtake it.

More centrist elements in the party have challenged Salvini, who is still on trial for preventing a charity ship with 147 migrants and refugees on board from docking somewhere in Italy

And if convicted, Salvini could spend 15 years in prison.

But all eyes are on the mayoral race in Rome, which is literally in disarray. Garbage is rotting in the streets and even wild boars have been spotted in the city.

If the current mayor of Rome, 5-Star’s Virginia Raggi, loses, Giuseppe Conte’s leadership of the movement will be doomed before it even really gets started.

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