Right-wing camp leads in Italian parliamentary elections

Boss of the Fratelli d’Italia, Giorgia Meloni
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In Italy, a victory for the right-wing camp is emerging: The alliance of Fratelli d’Italia around top candidate Giorgia Meloni, the Forza Italia of ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the League of former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is ahead according to initial forecasts.

Dhe center-right alliance won the snap parliamentary elections in Italy on Sunday with a cumulative 42 to 45 percent of the vote. This was the result of voter surveys after the polling stations closed at 11 p.m. The alliance of Italy’s right-wing conservative brothers under Giorgia Meloni, Matteo Salvini’s right-wing nationalist Lega and Silvio Berlusconi’s Christian-democratic Forza Italia thus achieved an absolute majority of the votes in both chambers of parliament.

Matthias Rub

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta based in Rome.

It is considered likely that President Sergio Mattarella will commission the election winner Giorgia Meloni, whose party won a good 23 percent, to form a government. The second strongest force in the alliance is the Lega, followed by Forza Italia.

Italexit misses entry into Parliament

According to the voter polls, the Social Democrats under Enrico Letta will be the strongest opposition force with a good 20 percent of the votes. According to the forecasts, the left-wing populist Five Star Movement will receive a good 16 percent of the votes. The liberal alliance of the “third pole” achieved a respectable result with a good seven percent of the votes, the Greens came to around four percent.

The Italexit party, which wants Italy to leave the EU, missed out on entering parliament with around 2.5 percent of the vote. At 64 percent, voter turnout was the lowest it has ever been in the history of the republic. In 2018 it was still 74 percent.

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