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Georgia Meloni’s Right-wing Bloc Storms To Victory In Italian Election

September 26, 2022

Led by Giorgia Meloni, the right-wing bloc is coasting to victory with 26 percent lead despite veiled threat by Brussels.

The Italian right-wing party, Brothers of Italy (FI) is heading for victory in the snap parliamentary election, which took place on Sunday.


Led by Giorgia Meloni, the right-wing bloc is coasting to victory with 26 percent lead despite veiled threat by Brussels.


The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had made a veiled threat to the Italians ahead of the vote, expressing concern with the rise of right-wing bloc in the country's political leadership. 


Leyen had said ahead of the poll, “My approach is that whatever democratic government is willing to work with us, we’re working together. If things go in a difficult direction, I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland, we have tools,” referring to EU funding for Budapest and Warsaw being cut for violating the bloc’s rules.


However, with most of the ballots counted, early results released by the Interior Ministry on Monday suggested that the right-wing coalition will have a solid majority in both houses of the Italian parliament, RT reports.


Brothers of Italy were in the lead with 26%, the ministry said, after more than 90% of the ballots were counted. Matteo Salvini’s League and former PM Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia – FI’s partners in the bloc – were on 9% and 8%, respectively.


The conservatives’ closest challengers, the center-left Democratic Party of former premier Enrico Letta, has won just over 19% of the vote, according to the early results.


The turnout in the election, which was called after the collapse of Mario Draghi’s coalition government in July, was almost 64%.


Meloni has already celebrated victory, saying in a televised speech that “Italy chose us. We will not betray [the country], as we never have.”


“If we are called to govern this nation, we will do it for everyone, we will do it for all Italians and we will do it with the aim of uniting the people,” the 45-year-old declared.


The situation in Italy and the EU is “particularly complex,” meaning that it’s “time for being responsible,” Meloni said.


The new cabinet will be faced with a series of challenges that its predecessors couldn’t overcome, including soaring energy prices, the conflict in Ukraine, and a renewed slowdown of the Italian economy.


The results of the vote suggest that Italy is going to have its most right-wing government since World War II and Meloni as its first ever female prime minister. It also offers the country a rare opportunity for political stability after years of turbulence and fragile coalitions.


Brothers of Italy, which recently moderated its far-right message, has made remarkable gains in this election after winning just 4% of votes in 2018.