Italy anti-establishment party nips at ruling left's heels: poll

Supporters of the Five Stars movement attend a meeting at Imola Autodrome on October 18, 2015Italy’s Five Star anti-establishment movement is enjoying a boom in popularity which presents a real threat to the ruling centre-left, a new poll showed Saturday. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) is not only losing favour, it must hope for the country’s fractious parties on the right to unite against it in order to assuage the Five Star peril. Under a new electoral law brought in by Renzi, if no party wins 40 percent of the vote in a first round, a run-off ballot is held between the two frontrunners to decide which one should get a winner’s bonus to secure the majority needed.

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