Italy’s first female premier

Giorgia Meloni is set to become the first female prime minister of Italy.

Key facts

  • Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right political party Brothers of Italy, is set to become the first female premier of Italy.
  • The recent vote to the political party with neo-fascist origins brings in the most right-wing government Italy has witnessed since the Second World War and the fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
  • The recent near-final results of the Italian elections revealed that the right-wing coalition won 44 per cent of the parliamentary vote, with Meloni’s party making its biggest win of 26 per cent.
  • The competing center-left Democratic Party and its allies won over 26 per cent support, while populist 5-Star Movement, which gained the highest vote in 2018 elections, won just 15 per cent votes.
  • Meloni is one of the co-founders of Brothers and has led this political party since 2014.
  • She has been the President of the European Conservatives and Reformist Party since 2020.
  • She has opposed abortion, euthanasia and to partnership, marriages and parenting by same-sex couples.
  • She also opposed receiving of non-European migrants and multi-culturalism and has been accused of xenophobia and Islamophobia.
  • She advocated for a naval blockade to prevent migrant boats from leaving North African shores and proposed screening potential asylum seekers in Africa instead of Europe.
  • She supports NATO but favored close ties with Russia before the 2022 Ukrainian crisis.
  • She condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has pledged to provide military aid to Ukraine.
  • She is a critic of the European Union for its bureaucratic red-tapism. She vowed to put Italy’s national interest first if it clashes with the policies of the European Union.

About Brothers of Italy

Brothers of Italy, led by Giorgia Meloni, traces its origins to the post-war neo-fascist Italian Social Movement. This political party has remained popular since it was founded in 2012. Its opinions on immigrations, economy, jobs and living standards have been highly popular among the Italian public. It is known for expressing euroskeptic proposals in the past and advocating for Italy’s exit from the Euro. However, this stance has softened in the recent years. It is currently advocating for the primacy of the Italian laws in the domestic issues.

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