Four days before the Italian general elections, abstention and indecision dominate. For Marc Lazar, a specialist in Italian history and sociology, this can be explained by a short campaign but also a mistrust of institutions.
What we know is that the undecided never vote in one camp. A number of political leaders are trying to convince these abstainers. In particular the centre-left party (Democratic Party), whose leader Enrico Letta, constantly appeals to abstainers to block the way for Giorgia Meloni. Does this mistrust explain the weight of the far right and of Giorgia Meloni’s party, which we call sometimes “post-fascist”?
Today, it’s true, it appears as an alternation. It must be remembered that, since 1994 in Italy, at each election, the Italians have voted for the alternation and have sanctioned the parties which were in power. However, it appears in a way like a new figure. Besides, she’s the only woman in a male environment. Certainly, she was in power in a ministry of youth in a government of Silvio Berlusconi between 2008 and 2011 but many have forgotten that. Therefore, Italians think: ” why not try it?”. After having voted for the right, the left, then having tried a government of quasi-national unity behind Mario Draghi… They want to try something new with Giorgia Meloni.