Anti-Migrant Leader Seeks to Win National Power in Italy

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A leader of an Italian right-wing party has used a rally that is opposing easier citizenship for foreigners to ask more support in the upcoming election in Italy.

The head of the anti-migrant Northern League, Matteo Salvini, informed the rally that was held on Sunday in Rome that it would be “splendid” if he is able to win the national election that is scheduled to be held early next year.

Majority of the crowd came from the south. Salvini hopes that the growing anger over the number of migrants that are in Italy will aid his party become a national power by getting votes even from the south. The Northern League was established out of resentment over the aid of the government to the underdeveloped south.

The centre-left government of Premier Paolo Gentiloni has suggested letting foreigners that are born in Italy become citizens of the country as young as 12 after five years of schooling in Italy. Currently, they must wait until they are already 18.