Italian Politician Wins Big After Pledging To Deport 500,000
Matteo Salvini led his “far-right” party into power after he promised to kick out the half million migrants currently leeching off hardworking Italian taxpayers.
Set to be named the next Prime Minister of Italy, Salvini has brought Trump-style political messaging to the 60 million fellow citizens in his home country. In preparation for his win, left-wing journalists in America have been slandering him before he even had a chance to rule. One of the biggest complaints lodged against Salivini so far has been that he agrees with Trump’s new steel tariff, where every other leader in the European Union seems to hate the fact that America is installing some protections from foreign trade.
Born in Milan in 1973, Matteo was the child of a business executive and a stay-at-home mother. As a young man he started with a local left-wing political party before growing up and becoming conservative. He had his first child with his first wife, a journalist, and had a second child in 2012 with his partner.
Socially, he has been attacked for disagreeing with same-sex married, and has led rallies protesting the illegal immigration of migrants into his country.
How Italy’s Political System Works
In Italy, there are two houses of Parliament. In order for a government to form, there must be a majority in both houses. There are many small parties that form coalitions with each other.
In the Lower House or Chamber of Deputies, whichever coalition wins the largest percentage of the national vote is given an automatic majority of 54% of the 630 total seats.
The Senate has 315 seats. Italy is broken down into 20 regions, and the coalition that wins the most vote in a region gets an automatic majority of 55% of the seats assigned to that region. Voting for Senate seats is restricted to people over the age of 25.
Remaining seats are divided among the other parties. Deputies and Senators have five-year terms.
The Prime Minister is not automatically named as the leader of the most popular party, but is appointed after a general election by the President of the Republic. The President is elected every 7 years by members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, along with a few specially selected citizens.
What Winning Means For Salvini
Salvini, 44, is the leader of the the League Party, formerly known as the Northern League.
The League ran in the 2018 general election with several other center-right parties, and won a relative majority. That is to say, while the League did not win more than 50% of the vote, they won more than any other one party in both the Lower House and the Senate.
He is a natural choice for the next Prime Minister, but he has not been officially selected for that yet.
Matteo Salvini Loves Trump
In April 2016, Salvini flew to the States to show his support of Donald Trump. Speaking with media, Salvini said that both he and Trump agree on immigration, national security and the role of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO. “These issues will determine the future.”
Pledged to Remove 500,000 Migrants
In February, with less than a month to go before the end of the election that was kicked off at the end of December in 2017, Salvini promised to kick half a million migrants out of the country over the next five years if his party takes the election, starting with 100,000 int he first year. In translation, Salvini said:
“The only antidote to racism is to control, regulate and limit immigration. There are millions of Italians in economic difficulty. Italians are not racist, but out-of-control immigration brings with it far from positive reactions. We want to prevent that.”
Starting in 2013, Salvini took leadership of his party and started pushing a viewpoint critical of the European Union. As well, he called the adoption of the Euro currency “a crime against humanity” and has previously worked with the French Marine Le Pen and the Dutch Geert Wilders.
Nothing wrong with citizens voting in their own best interest. Good for Italy.
Sources: Reuters, Breitbart, The Guardian, CNBC