Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni will win the Italian elections and become the country’s first female prime minister, according to exit polls.
If they are confirmed, Meloni will aim to install Italy’s most right-wing government since World War II.
Italy, led by Meloni, will alert much of Europe as Russia is at war in Ukraine.
According to Rai’s exit polls, she’s predicted to win between 22% and 26% of the vote, with closest rival Enrico Letta ahead from center left.
In some exit polls, her right-wing coalition has a commanding lead with 41-45% of the vote. Rai polls also suggest that the three parties hold dominance in both electoral chambers of parliament.
Center-lefts are far behind, at 25.5-29.5%. After his 18-month-long unity government in Italy collapsed in his July, they failed to form a viable challenge with other parties and the party’s figures were gloomy even before the vote. did. The Five Star Movement, led by Giuseppe Conte, is chasing his third place but is in disagreement with Enricoletta despite some left-of-center policies.
By the end of the poll, voter turnout had dropped dramatically to 63.82%, down nearly 10 percentage points from 2018, according to the Italian Interior Ministry. Voter turnout was particularly low in southern regions, including Sicily.
The decision of who will be Italy’s next leader will be up to the president, not Giorgia Meloni, and it will take time.
Although she has worked hard to soften her image by emphasizing support for Ukraine and weakening anti-EU rhetoric, she has led a party rooted in a post-war movement that rose from Benito Mussolini’s fascists. I’m here.
Italy is the founder of the European Union and a member of NATO. Meloni’s rhetoric about the EU brings her closer to the Hungarian nationalist her leader Viktor Her Orban.
She wants to revisit the reforms Italy agreed to in exchange for almost €200 billion in post-Covid recovery grants and loans, arguing that the energy crisis has changed the situation.
Baraz Orban, the longtime head of the political department of the Hungarian prime minister, congratulated Italy’s right-wing parties.
But Gianluca Passarelli, a professor at Rome’s Sapienza University, told the BBC that he wanted to avoid rocking the boat in Europe and focus on other policies.
Her allies Matteo Salvini of the far-right league and Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right Forza Italia have both maintained close ties with Russia. I would like to stop the ship.
The elections have shown both chambers to have been reduced in size by a third, which seems to have benefited the winning party.
Rai TV exit polls suggested the three parties would hold 227 to 257 seats in the revamped 400-seat parliament and 111 to 131 of the 200 total seats in the Senate. Salvini said the right had a clear advantage in both chambers.
The same Rai poll shows how likely a Meloni-led coalition will prevail.
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