Giorgia Meloni tipped to be Italy’s first ever female prime minister.
Despite a massive media smear campaign and last-minute threats from the European Union, Italy’s right-wing alliance is set to win Sunday’s election, first exit polls show.
The three-party bloc led by Giorgia Meloni is “expected to win more than half of the seats in parliament,” German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported Sunday night.
“First projections showed the alliance led by Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party securing 41-45% of the vote. Meloni’s own party had 22.5-26.5% of that by itself, as the strongest single group in the polls,” the German broadcaster added.
The “main center-left group, the Democratic Party, conceded defeat,” Deutsche Welle reported early morning Monday.
Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party has joined hands with former Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s Lega and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia to form a nationalist alliance.
The BBC also quoted “Several exit polls” showing right-wing alliance in “a commanding lead, with 41-45% of the vote.” Such an outcome will give “three parties control of both elected houses of parliament.”
The rival pro-EU “centre left was well behind with 25.5%-29.5%,” the UK broadcaster noted.
EU27: exit and instant polls in Italy indicate that the next Italian European Council (EUCO) member will likely come from a right-of-centre party after today's election.— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) September 25, 2022
It could make the national-conservative ECR the second-strongest grouping in the EUCO by population. #EUCO https://t.co/WFGVWKaARi
If these early projections are correct, 45-year-old Meloni will become Italy’s first female prime minister.
EU, Mainstream Media in Fury Over a Possible Right-Wing Victory
The Italian election was marred by massive media smears and European Union-led fear campaign to intimidate the voters.
Days ahead of the vote, the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, threatened Italians with consequences if they dared to elect the ‘wrong’ sort of government. “If things go in a difficult direction – I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland – we have tools,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel longtime confidant Von der Leyen warned.
Unelected official Ursula von der Leyen of the European Union, openly warns that if Italy votes for someone they disagree with, they will sanction Italy.— Lewis Brackpool (@Lewis_Brackpool) September 23, 2022
So democratic, so tolerant.pic.twitter.com/G6pu1kO5HT
With Italy’s right-wing bloc within reach of power, the mainstream media has already begun maligning the future government.
“Gay parents fear a Meloni victory,” the headline in the New York Times said.
The UK Newspaper Guardian worried that Meloni could become a galvanizing figure for nationalist movements across Europe. She could be “a prime minister ready to become a model for nationalist parties across Europe,” the daily lamented.DONATE
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