The once mighty Italian Communist Party was founded in Livorno in 1921.
Since then the Mayor of the city had always been a leftist. Always. Until now. At the second round of the administrative elections, the voters elected the candidate of the Five Stars Movement, which therefore was able to mount at least a limited counteroffensive after being defeated at the European elections by the successor of the Communist Party, Mr Renzi’s Democratic Party.
From Vietnam, the Prime Minister commented positively the result, noting that the traditional electoral fiefs are disappearing from Italy. And indeed the defeat in Livorno, coupled with the recent corruption scandals in Venice, could strengthen Mr Renzi against the old guard of the Party, which is being blamed for all the troubles.