BONDENO, ITALY - 6 JANUARY 2020: Matteo Salvini, former Interior Minister of Italy and leader of the far-right League party, takes a selfie with the burning Befana in Bondeno, Italy, on January 6th 2020.
In Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to St Nicholas or Santa Claus.
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.
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