The coalition formed by Brothers of Italy (FdI), Liga and Forza Italia (FI) has won the general elections with an absolute majority, according to the projections of the results counted, and the far-right Giorgia Meloni45, will be the first woman to head a government in the country, the most right-wing since the end of World War II.
“We will govern this nation for all Italians” to “exalt what unites and not what divides, because our goal is that Italians can be proud of being Italians,” said a smiling Meloni, who must now receive the commission, in her first statements. of the head of state, Sergio Matterellato form a government.
The alliance between Meloni (FdI), the sovereignist Matteo Salvini (League) and conservative Silvio Berlusconi (FI) has achieved close to 43% of the votes, so it will have an absolute majority in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, and is very close to capturing two thirds of Parliament, which would allow it to change the Constitution without the need for consensus.
“It is the time of responsibility”, Meloni emphasized in a very measured speech without triumphalist tones, in which he complained of having “suffered a violent and aggressive campaign”, but “Italy and the European Union need everyone’s contribution before the complex situation in which we find ourselves.
FdL is the most voted party with 24.6%, with a meteoric rise compared to the previous elections, in which he obtained 4.3%, thanks to Meloni, the only opposition to the previous government of mario draghi and that she represents change better than any other Italian politician, being young and a woman, although feminism is not one of her battles.
The League adds 8.5% and Forza Italia 8%, the worst results in its history, and although at least tonight the victory of the coalition seems to make up for them, Salvini will have to assume his role as Meloni’s comparsa in the Executive, after his party fell far short of 17% in the last elections.
The progressive coalition will also have to face failure, to which the projections give 26.14%, and in particular the leader of the Democratic Party (PD), Enrico Letta, who could be one of the electoral victims after the formation has fallen, according to projections, to 18.7%, matching its worst historical result, in 2018.
“We are the first opposition force and the second political force and we have to make an important opposition to Europe and to our country at this delicate moment,” said its spokesperson in the Chamber of Deputies, Deborah Serracchiani, in the first statement of the PD in the face of this failure.
Letta unsuccessfully tried to form a broad front to “stop the right” and the electoral results show that if the PD, the M5S and the centrists had allied themselves, they could have achieved it, since the electoral law benefits the great coalitions.
Along with Meloni, the other great protagonist of the night is Giuseppe Conte, the former prime minister who became leader of the M5S and who has managed to place the formation as the third party in the country, with 16.5%, above of previous polls and when it seemed doomed to failure due to internal wars.
The centrists of Action, of former Minister Carlo Calenda, who has not won the seat in the Senate for which he was running, and Italia Viva, of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, former leader of the PD, reach 7.3%.
One of the most anticipated data at the closing of the schools was that of abstention, since it was expected to be large and this has been the case: 35% of Italians did not go to the pollsa figure that becomes the highest in the history of Italian general elections, exceeding 27% in 2018.
In particular, a drop in the vote has been noted in the south, where, however, Conte and the M5S have obtained their best results, with more than 40% of the votes from Naples, due to their struggle to maintain some social measures, such as rent of citizenship for the most vulnerable people.
(With information from EFE)
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