The Italian left first chooses a woman, Ethel Schlein, as PD leader

The new general secretary advocates a very hard policy against Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, with the aim of making a very uncompromising opposition
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Against all prognosis, Elena Ethel Schlein, 37, deputy and former Vice President of Emilia-Romaña, is the new general secretary of the Democratic Party (PD), the Political Force of Reference on the left.

Elly Schlein, as the successor of Enrico Letta is known, is the eleventh general secretary in just over 15 years, from the foundation of the PD. It represents a great novelty on the left. She is the first woman chosen general secretary of the party.

Schlein, with Italian citizenship, American and Switzerland, feminist, antiliberal and bisexual as she explained herself, has won the primary with 54 percent of the votes against the favorite, which was Stefano Bonaccini, 56, president of the Emilia region -Romaña, which obtained 46 percent. The polls came just over a million voters.

It should be noted that Bonaccini was the winner among the registered of the PD. But in Sunday’s vote the polls were open for all the left. That is, in addition to the registered of the PD, they voted from the green, the radicals, through the 5 stars movement. Many of these voters have chosen Schlein because, in front of pragmatism and liberal socialism of Bonaccini, it advocates a more radical policy, very hard against the prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, with the aim of making a very uncompromising opposition against most of the majority of the Right.
A political revolution
The leadership of Elly Schelin in the main party of the left is a revolution in Italian politics, according to various analysts, because, for the first time in the history of the Italian Republic, at the head of the progressives there is a woman. Schlein has based his victory betting on the defense of rights in its most diverse fields, from LGBTQ+people, immigrants, with determined support for young people and an important battle for climatic emergency. This has motivated that many people who have not voted in the last elections, especially the new generations, away from politics, this Sunday they decided to go to the polls because they have seen a novelty in Elly Schlein.

Another factor that has undoubtedly influenced the electorate on the left has been the Meloni effect. The great success that the leader of Italy’s brothers had in the general elections of September 25 and two weeks ago in the Regional, has led many leftist voters to bet so that, for the first time, a woman assumes the leadership of the Progressive in front of the Prime Minister. Precisely, the first words after his victory were to talk about “revolution” and present themselves as the Anti-Meloni: “We have made a little great revolution together. The democratic people are alive and ready to get up, with a clear mandate of change ». “We will be a big problem for the Giorgia Meloni government,” the new PD secretary added. As of today, we will make a contribution to the organization of the opposition to Parliament and throughout the country to defend the poor that the government hits and does not want to see ».

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