Giorgia Meloni to become Italy’s first female PM

She will take over her nation’s highest office from former Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who was also the former head of the European Central Bank.

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Giorgia Meloni is set to become Italy’s first female prime minister and is said to be the most right-wing leader in the country since the Second World War.

She will take over her nation’s highest office from former Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who was also the former head of the European Central Bank.

With almost 44% of the vote, Ms Meloni’s right-wing coalition, which also includes Matteo Salvini’s far-right League and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia, will gain control of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. Her party, Brothers of Italy got 26.18% of the total vote.

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The right-wing bloc should have a sizable majority in both houses of parliament, according to preliminary figures, perhaps providing Italy with a rare opportunity for political stability following years of turbulence and flimsy coalitions.

Meloni leads a party that has its roots in the post-war movement that grew out of Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Party.

Giorgia Meloni inherits an Italy that is going through challenging times, being soaring energy prices, rising inflation and Italy’s fragile finances and the war in Ukraine. She is tasked with the duty to fix the third largest economy in the European Union.

“We must remember that we are not at the endpoint, we are at the starting point. It is from tomorrow that we must prove our worth,” Meloni told cheering supporters of her nationalist Brothers of Italy party early Monday morning.

Meloni has pledged to support the “natural family” and turned down the LGBTQ lobby. She has promised to secure borders to prevent mass immigration, and take a hard stance against Islamist violence.

Additionally, in a speech to the Spanish far-right Vox Party, she said, “No to big international finance… no to the bureaucrats of Brussels!” raising concerns about Italy’s future and role in the EU.

However, Meloni has vowed to back the western policy and stance on Ukraine during the war. This is unusual as most far-right leaders in Europe have a soft corner for Russia, especially for President Vladimir Putin.