CESENATICO, ITALY - 5 JANUARY 2020: Matteo Salvini, former Interior Minister of Italy and leader of the far-right League party, eats bread and sardines (in reference to the grass-roots movement protesting him) that was offered to him by a supporter as he walks towards the stage of his rally in Cesenatico, Italy, on January 5th 2020.
Matteo Salvini is campaigning in the region of Emilia Romagna to support the League candidate Lucia Borgonzoni running for governor.
After being ousted from government in September 2019, Matteo Salvini has made it a priority to campaign in all the Italian regions undergoing regional elections to demonstrate that, in power or not, he still commands considerable support.
The January 26th regional elections in Emilia Romagna, traditionally the home of the Italian left, has been targeted by Matteo Salvini as a catalyst for bringing down the government. A loss for the center-left Democratic Party (PD) against Mr Salvini’s right would strip the centre-left party of control of its symbolic heartland, and probably trigger a crisis in its coalition with the Five Star Movement.