The president of Lazio, the favourite to win, captured 67% of the vote in which 1.6m party supporters cast ballots

Nicola Zingaretti, the president of Italy’s Lazio region, has become the new leader of the centre-left Democratic party after capturing a projected 67% of the vote in an election on Sunday.

More than 1.6 million party supporters cast their ballots across the country in a turnout that was higher than expected, giving the party hope that it can re-establish itself as a credible force against Italy’s populist government.

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