Giorgia Meloni Win Puts Far Right In Control Of Italian Gov't
Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni has claimed victory in a general election that seems set to install her as Italy's first female prime minister, leading the most far-right government since the fascist era of Benito Mussolini, Kara Fox, Barbie Latza Nadeau and Antonia Mortensen reported for CNN.
Photo Insert: Preliminary results put an alliance of far-right parties, led by Meloni's Brothers of Italy party, on track to win at least 44% of the vote, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.
Addressing the media and supporters in the early hours of Monday morning, Meloni said it was "a night of pride for many and a night of redemption. It's a victory I want to dedicate to everyone who is no longer with us and wanted this night… starting tomorrow we have to show our value ... Italians chose us, and we will not betray it, as we never have."
Preliminary results put an alliance of far-right parties, led by Meloni's Brothers of Italy party, on track to win at least 44% of the vote, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.
With 63% of votes counted, the ultra-conservative Brothers of Italy party had won at least 26%, with coalition partners the League, led by Matteo Salvini, taking around 9% and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia scoring over 8%.
Final results are expected later Monday, but it's expected to take weeks for a new government to be formed.
Meloni entered Italy's crowded political scene in 2006 and co-founded the Brothers of Italy in 2012, a party whose agenda is rooted in Euroskepticism and anti-immigration policies.
In the last election in 2018, the party won just 4.5% of the vote, but its popularity has soared in recent years, underscoring Italy's longstanding rejection of mainstream politics, seen most recently with the country's support of anti-establishment parties such as the Five Star Movement and Salvini's League, Nicola Ruotolo, Sharon Braithwaite, and Valentina DiDonato also reported for CNN.