Pd approval ratings currently stand at around 23 percent, second only to Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing Brothers Italy party, which heads a conservative coalition that includes Matteo Salvini’s League party and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
While the right-wing campaign platform focused on cutting taxes and limiting immigration, the PD focused on increasing welfare and citizenship.
M5S leader, former Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, said if M5S ran separately in Sicily, the party would get more votes and criticized the PD for not making efforts to maintain the coalition in Sicily.
On August 22, Italy’s 5-Star Movement (M5S) party withdrew from its coalition with the center-left Democratic Party (PD) to contest the September local elections in Sicily.
The decision reflects the breakdown of the 2-party coalition at the national level ahead of the September 25 general election.