ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD) won regional elections in Calabria and Emilia Ro-magna on Sunday but an exceptionally low turnout suggested growing disillusion among many voters.
Renzi, who has chalked up two other regional election successes since taking office in February and won a record victory in European elections in May, claimed another win, but he acknowledged that large numbers of voters had stayed away.
“The turnout was bad, the results were good. A clear 2-0. 4 regions out of 4 taken from the centre right in 9 months,” he said in a tweet on Monday.
However, after years of economic crisis that has created hardship among a growing number of Italians, there were clear warning signs for Renzi, who is facing increased pressure to push through potentially unpopular economic reforms.