Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy, has declared victory in a general election that appears to be setting her up to become Italy’s first female prime minister and head the most far-right administration since Benito Mussolini’s fascist era.
It was “a night of pride for many and a night of redemption,” Meloni said in an early-morning Monday address to the media and supporters.
She stated, “I want to dedicate this triumph to everyone who passed away and wanted this night. “Starting tomorrow, we must demonstrate our worth… Italians made the decision to support us, and we won’t let them down, as we never have.
Italian Interior Ministry estimates that a coalition of far-right parties, including Meloni’s ultraconservative Brothers of Italy party, will garner at least 44% of the vote.
The Brothers of Italy party received at least 26% of the vote with 63% of the votes counted, followed by coalition allies the League, led by Matteo Salvini, with 9% and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia with over 8%. Although final results are anticipated later on Monday, forming a new administration is anticipated to take weeks.
Meloni joined the crowded Italian political landscape in 2006 and co-founded the Brothers of Italy party in 2012, a group with anti-immigration and anti-euro ideas at its core.