Exit polls show Giorgia Meloni on course to be Italy’s first female Prime Minister

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Giorgia Meloni is on course to become the first female Prime Minister of Italy according to the exit polls.

 

In an unexpected twist to the elections being held in Italy today, Sunday, September 25, preliminary exit polls are suggesting that outsider Giorgia Meloni is on course to become the first female Prime Minister of the country. In that case, she would be the first far-right leader since Benito Mussolini.

According to the state broadcaster RAI’s exit pool, the far-right politician from the Brothers of Italy party, along with the other conservative parties has won between 41 and 45 per cent of the vote. This would be sufficient for a coalition led by the 45-year-old to take control of both of Italy’s houses of parliament.

The Forza Italia party led by Silvio Berlusconi, and Matteo Salvini’s League would join Meloni’s party to take control of Italy. Although the full count of votes will not be finalised until tomorrow, Monday 26, the result would now seem to be a foregone conclusion. Today’s election turnout has reportedly been lower than that of 2018. 

Meloni tweeted earlier on Sunday: “Today you can help write history”. Her motto throughout the election campaign has been: “God, country and family”.

With a far-right coalition looming in Italy, this will be the second time in less than two weeks that it has happened after Sweden also recently saw the far-right sweep to victory. Italy is a founding member of the European Union and today’s result is bound to create concern in Brussels.

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