Presidential and Parliamentary election in Sicily today
An election will be held in the semi-autonomous state of Sicily today for the President of Sicily and the parliament. The election has been called early because of the unexpected resignation of Sicilian president Raffaele Lombardo of the Movement for Autonomies (MpA).
The election is fought by a number of political alliances both for the presidency and the 80 seats in the parliament. At the last election in 2008 the MpA took 60 seats whilst the Democratic Party led alliance took 20 seats. The MpA was an alliance of four parties which includes Silvio Berlusconi’s party, the People of Freedom (PdL).
In this election around four million Sicilians will be choosing from ten presidential alliances and 1,629 candidates for the 80 parliamentary seats between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time.
There are four alliances worth watching in this election, they are:
• Nello Musumeci; centre right, with the following parties, The People of Freedom (PdL) and The Right (LD)
• Gianfranco Micciché; centre right and pro-autonomy with the following parties, Movement for Autonomies (MpA) now called the Party of the Sicilians, Great South (GS) and a splinter group from the Future and Freedom (FLI)
• Rosario Crocetta; centre left with the following parties, Democratic Party (PD) and the Union of the Centre (UdC)
• Giancarlo Cancellieri; candidate for Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S).