Thursday, June 5, 2014

Five Stars Livorno?

Marco Ruggeri, Partito Democratico, Livorno
Livorno is probably the reddest city in Italy: in fact the “Partito Comunista Italiano” (Italian Communist Party) was founded here in 1921 and, after the Fascist Era and the war, it has ruled the city until now. In 2007 the name was changed to Partito Democratico (Democratic Party), but many older Livornese still call it “il partito” (the party).
Andrea Raspanti, Buongiorno Livorno, Livorno
In last Sunday's European Elections “the party” was boosted by the popularity of its secretary, the current Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and a very low turnout. PD's national average was around 40%, reaching 52% in Livorno. The same day we also had elections for a new mayor and, until now, the party's candidate had always been elected at the first round.
Filippo Nogarin, Movimento Cinque Stelle, Livorno
Not this time: many disaffected voters snubbed the party lists to vote for a coalition led by a newly formed political group called “Buongiorno Livorno” (Good Morning Livorno). The PD's result fell locally to 40%, with the need of a runoff voting against the Five Star Movement's candidate.

External links: Democratic Party - Five Star Movement (Wikipedia)

10 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Very interesting post on local politics VP.

Lowell said...

Sounds like there may be some changes in store for your city in the future.

William Kendall said...

I'm struck by how in these shots, facial hair in men in politics seems fine, whereas here it's a real rarity.

Jack said...

It seems like the economic struggles in many countries are turning politics upside down. Good male looks seem to be the key to success in Livorno politics.

Randy said...

These election posters are nice compared to what we have to put up with.

Dina said...

I hope Livorno gets good changes.

cieldequimper said...

I always find it amazing that communist parties actually still existed after 1989.

Halcyon said...

Hopefully those that won are at least middle ground people. Extremes of any kind are no good, in my opinion.

Gunn said...

Best wishes for Livorno.
Interesting posting.
I learned something new about Italy.

José Mendonça said...

Here, people are so suspicious that "traditional" parties got the fewer votes ever and have voted in new parties but only one menaged to get one seat in the European Parliament.