Despite being ousted out of government in early September, former Interior Minister Salvini continues to be the most popular and most trusted politician in Italy. According to a survey conducted by EMG Acqua, if Italians went to the polls today, the League would be the top party with nearly 32 percent. The same survey found trust in Salvini is at 39 percent, Il Giornale reports.
DW The rally was held under the slogan “Italian Pride.” Organizers, including Salvini’s League party and other right-wing groups in Italy, said around 200,000 attended the event. “This is the Italy that works and suffers, that dreams and hopes,” Salvini told the crowd.
The firebrand Salvini served as deputy prime minister and interior minister in the previous Italian government, but pulled out in a bid to force parliamentary elections. However, the League’s coalition partner, 5-Star Movement, forged a new coalition with their Democratic Party (PD) rivals to stay in power.
The populist leader also said his hard stance on Muslim migration proved successful, as arrivals of illegal migrants from Africa in Italian ports plummeted last year because of his hardline policies.
We will return, and we will return soon,” he told his supporters.
Italy is due to hold nine regional votes by the end of next year, with the first scheduled this month in Umbria. “We are going to win all nine and we will send them home, so those who know how to govern will return to government,” Salvini said.
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