Far-right Lega and radical Five Star parties plot array of sweeping curbs on asylum and immigration

Izzedin Elzir, imam of Florence and president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Italy, is worried. “Open, transparent mosques are an integral part of our urban, social and cultural fabric,” he told the Observer. But as Italy edges towards a new government featuring the far-right Lega, with its leader, Matteo Salvini, as interior minister, he knows there are almost certain to be tough days ahead.

Lega has forged an alliance with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement after the two parties captured more than 50% of the vote between them in the elections on 4 March. That could herald an administration with the toughest line on immigrants in Italian postwar history.

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