Italy’s centre-right candidate Donatella Tesei won Sunday’s regional election in Umbria, in the first major political test for the governing coalition.
Tesei secured a 57.5% of the vote while the 5-Star Movement (MS5) and Democratic Party (PD) candidate, Vincenzo Bianconi, got a 37.5% share of the vote.
Salvini’s League the main component of the alliance of parties backing Tesei, securing a 36.9% share of the vote, compared to 14% in the last regional elections. The rightwing Brothers of Italy (FdI) also increased its electoral influence massively, from 6,2% to 10.4%. Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI) held his ground securing a 6,2% share of the vote, compared to 5.5% last time.
This is the eighth consecutive electoral victory for the Salvini-led coalition at a regional level.
In Umbria, the ruling coalition was joined by the left-wing Free and Equal (LeU) party but not the Alliance IV of former prime minister Matteo Renzi. PD got 22.3%, down from 35.8% last time, while the M5S slumped from 14.6% to 7.41%.
Following the announcement of the electoral result, Salvini said the days of the governing coalition are numbered. This view was surprisingly echoed by PD leader Nicola Zingaretti, who said that coalition parties had to reflect on the future of the executive following the result. He said that beyond relying on “fear of Salvini,” the alliance needed to offer a positive vision.