Friday, 25 May 2018
Latest news
Main » Snap Italian elections in 2018 unlikely following weekend vote

Snap Italian elections in 2018 unlikely following weekend vote

13 June 2017

5-Star bases much of its appeal on fighting corruption, its flagship policy is a "citizens wage" to help Italy's army of unemployed, and it promises a referendum on membership of the euro currency blamed by many for years of economic underperformance.

But the failure to advance to the second round in any of Italy's major cities will be a disappointment for Grillo's party, which has been shown as neck-and-neck with the Democratic Party in nationwide opinion polls.

5-Star hoped to build on last year's election successes, when it took charge of Rome.

With most ballots counted from elections a day earlier in a thousand small cities and towns, the 5-Star Movement imploded in all big races including in Genoa, home of leader-comic Beppe Grillo.

Nadal moves up to No.2, Djokovic slides to fourth
After one rally in which he bullied his foe all over the court, Wawrinka placed a the ball in his mouth in frustration. Overjoyed, the Spaniard betrayed a long-held secret when asked to reflect on his first French Open crown 12 years ago.

ROME (AP) - First exit polls indicate candidates from a populist movement did poorly in the main Italian mayoral races, with the leading candidates coming from both the traditional center-right and center-left camps.

Substantial actual results were not expected until sometime Monday morning.

The collapse of that accord seems to have reduced the chances of a snap election in the autumn, but the broad coalition backing Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is fragile and analysts say an early vote still can not be ruled out.

In all but one of the top cities up for grabs, candidates from center-right and center-left alliances earned berths in June 25 runoffs, since none clinched more than 50 percent of the votes.

SKorea leader proposes Asian nations co-host 2030 World Cup
The World Cup in Qatar has been stained with controversy especially the decision to host the showpiece at the oil rich nation. A referee from Singapore, assisted by another Singaporean and two officials from Malaysia, will replace the Qatari official.

Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and the far-right Northern League - long-time allies but with increasingly diverging political agendas - trail with less than 15 percent each.

In the northern city of Parma, its first ever mayor, elected in 2012, is running as an independent after falling out with the party leadership past year, and is favorite to win against rivals from the center-right and center-left as well as 5-Star.

The centre-left was ahead in L'Aquila, while its veteran candidate in the Sicilian capital Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, looked poised to be re-elected at the first round. He led the field on Sunday with the official 5-Star candidate trailing a distant fourth.

General elections must be held by spring 2018, though the four major parties have all expressed a desire for them to be brought forward to the autumn.

England hope to get third Group B win against Australia
Although only four batsmen have had the opportunity to bat, the bowling unit dismantled the opposition within 45 overs. Catch live scores and updates of the match between England and Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 here.

Until last week, Italy's main parties had been trying to pass a new proportional electoral law together, but the deal unraveled.

Snap Italian elections in 2018 unlikely following weekend vote