Success for Italy’s rightwing parties in Abruzzo local elections

Italy’s far-right League also triumphed over its Five Star Movement (M5S) coalition partner in a regional vote seen as a test of the parties’ strength.

The local election in Abruzzo, a region east of Rome, was the first in which M5S and the League have been pitted against each other since they formed their uneasy national government coalition last June.

A rightwing League-led alliance that included its old ally, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, took just over 48 percent of the vote…
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