Salvini's ultra-right Lega party voted 28 percent of the vote, while their coalition partner in Rome, the populist five-star movement (M5S), scored 19 percent.
In the parliamentary election last March, the five-star movement was 33 percent still clearly ahead of the Lega, which came at that time to 17 percent. Since then, however, the party of Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio loses approval. Salvini's party, on the other hand, receives more support, including through the Home Secretary's harsh anti-immigration course.
Both Maio and Salvini had massively campaigned in Abruzzo before Sunday's election. Winner of the election is a Lega-led alliance, which includes the party Forza Italia of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a small far-right party. It combined a total of 48 percent of the vote. The center-left coalition came to 31 percent and increased its result compared to the general election in 2018 significantly.
The regional election was considered a mood test for the European elections in late May. If the Lega then continue to record, Salvini could be According to observers, the five-star movement as a coalition partner and get rid of new elections.
cgn / ww (afp, dpa)