One of the Democratic Party’s historical fiefdoms, Turin, where the Five Star Movement has overtaken the center-left stronghold in Northern Italy, has fallen. Chiara Appendino is the new mayor of Turin, a result which, just a month ago, seemed improbable. She obtained 54.6 percent against Piero Fassino’s 45.4 percent, making a great comeback.
“We must repair a deeply wounded city and rebuild the trust between leaders and citizens. We are all Turin,” Appendino said after the victory. “The doors in Palazzo di Città will be open for all citizens of Turin. As a mayor, I won’t be able to solve all the problems, but I will listen to everybody. Today, a chapter in Turin’s history ends and another one is opened. We are ready to govern our beloved city.”
The vote in Turin has national implications; it’s a vote against Matteo Renzi.
After five years of opposition, Appendino ascends to the highest chair in the Sala Rossa, where a year ago Fassino never thought he would see her. He even addressed to her the same prophecy he gave to Beppe Grillo in 2009. “If you want to create a party, do it. Let’s see how many votes you will get,” said the SD’s last secretary to the comedian from the Liguria region; he replied to his future rival in the ballot: “I hope one day you will sit down on this chair, and then we shall see whether you will be capable to implement everything you have promised to implement today. And anyway, the voters will decide.” So they have.