Rome goes to the polls amid Covid pass tension – .

Rome goes to the polls amid Covid pass tension – .

Center-right candidate, radio host and lawyer Enrico Michetti is backed by an alliance of far-right party Fratelli d’Italia (FdI), Matteo Salvini’s right-wing Lega and center-right Forza Italia.

History professor and former finance minister Roberto Gualtieri is the candidate of the center-left Partito Democratico (PD).

The second round – which takes place Sunday and Monday – comes after there was no absolute winner in the polls two weeks ago.

Last week, the granddaughter of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini, Rachele Mussolini, won a second term as city councilor in Rome in municipal elections on October 3-4.

Member of Parliament for Fratelli d’Italia, she won over 8,200 votes, the highest number of votes for all candidates, and a huge increase from the 657 votes she received in the 2016 ballot.
Fratelli d’Italia, descends from the conservative neo-fascist party MSI – or party of the Italian Social Movement – and is led by Giorgia Meloni.

Polling stations close at 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) on Monday.

The second round comes amid political tensions over the country’s new ‘Green Pass’ which requires all workers to either be doubly vaccinated or able to prove a negative Covid-19 test or recent recovery.

Protests erupted and turned violent in Rome on October 9 over the pass, which entered into force on Friday. This is the strictest mandate for workers in Europe.

On Saturday, a rally against the fascist movements was organized by the Italian national unions in the city’s San Giovanni square.


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