The center right coalition at the head of the Italian government has confirmed its hold on the electorate by winning the regional elections in Lombardia and Lazio.
The candidates of the government coalition (right/center right) that were both elected in Lombardia and Lazio have won with percentages above 50 per cent. But the datum for which the electoral round of 12 and 13 February 2023 stands out is unfortunately the collapse in turnout. In Lombardy, it was only 41.68%, compared to 73.11% in previous regional elections. In Lazio it dropped to 37.20%, compared to 66.55%.
Lazio's turnout is even the worst ever nationwide. In absolute terms, just over 3 million voters out of almost 8 million voted in Lombardy, and about 1.8 million out of almost 5 million in Lazio.
The presidents of Lombardy and Lazio are Attilio Fontana, who was confirmed as head of the region, and Francesco Rocca.
If in Lazio there was an effective change (from the past president Nicola Zingaretti of the liberal Partito Democratico), it is stunning to see how nothing changed in Lombardy.
Attilio Fontana has been famous for his negligent handling of the Covid pandemic in 2020, and for alleged fraud resulting from the pandemic.
Specifically, Fontana (along with four others) was accused of fraud in public procurement for having entrusted in April 2020 the Dama company of his brother-in-law Dini with a contract — which later turned into a donation of around half a million euro (i.e.,75,000 gowns).