A right-wing alliance led by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party has won a majority in parliament, according to exit polls carried out after the election on Sunday.
The polls, if confirmed, would give Italy the most right-wing government since World War II, with Meloni becoming the first woman to lead the country.
The survey by state broadcaster RAI said the bloc of conservative parties, which also includes Matteo Salvini’s League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, had between 41% and 45% of the vote, enough to secure control of both houses. of parliament.
“Center-right clearly ahead in both House and Senate! It’s going to be a long night, but even now I want to say thank you,” Salvini said on Twitter.
Italy’s electoral law favors groups that manage to create pre-voting pacts, giving them a disproportionate number of seats compared to their vote count.
RAI said the right-wing alliance would win between 227 and 257 out of 400 seats in the lower house of parliament and 111-131 out of 200 seats in the Senate. Full results are expected by early Monday.
As leader of the largest party in the winning alliance, Meloni is the obvious choice to become prime minister, but the transfer of power is traditionally slow and it can take more than a month before the new government is sworn in.
Meloni, 45, plays down his party’s post-fascist roots and portrays it as a dominant conservative group. She vowed to support Western policy towards Ukraine and not take undue risks with the euro zone’s third-largest economy.
However, the outcome should set alarm bells ringing in European capitals and financial markets, given the desire to preserve unity in negotiations with Russia and concerns over Italy’s daunting mountain of debt.
Source: CNN Brasil