Marsilio elected new governor of Abruzzo

FdI Senator wins 48.03% of vote, League top individual party

(ANSA) - Pescara, February 11 - Marco Marsilio, a Senator for the rightwing Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, is the new governor of Abruzzo. The centre-right candidate won 299,949 votes in the central region - 48.03% of the papers counted at 1,633 ballot sections.
    The centre-left's Giovanni Legnini was second with 31.28% followed by Sara Marcozzi of the 5-Star Movement (M5S) with 20.20%. Stefano Flajani, the candidate of the far-right CasaPound party, got 0.47%.
    The election was seen as an important test ahead of May's European elections. Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's League party ran with its traditional allies in the centre right, including ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party and FdI, while its coalition partners in central government, the M5S, ran alone.
    The League was the individual party that won most votes, getting over 27%.
    FI got around 9% while FdI got over 6%.
    Within the centre-left, the PD, which suffered its worst-ever showing in last year's general election, got 11.13%, with the Legnini Presidente list winning 5.56%. The M5S's vote was halved with respect to the 40% it won in the region in last year's general election.
    The turnout was 53.12%, compared to 61.55% in the 2014 regional elections.