In his victory speech, far-right candidate pledges to ‘unite’ Italy

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The far-right MP Giorgia Meloni, the likely winner of Italy’s parliamentary elections this Sunday (25), said citizens had given a “clear signal” about the outcome of the election and promised to lead the country to “unite” it.

“The data are not conclusive yet, but judging from the initial estimates, it can be said that the Italians are giving a clear signal. The clear signal is for a centre-right government led by the Brothers of Italy. [FdI, seu partido]”, Meloni said in a speech to her supporters in Rome.

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Both exit polls and projections suggest that the conservative coalition will have a large majority in the House and Senate, with the FdI having the most votes in this alliance, which also includes Matteo Salvini’s ultranationalist Liga and the moderate Forza Italia (FI). It shows that there will be a party. Silvio Berlusconi’s photo.

Disappointed by the record abstention of voters (almost 40% of eligible voters do not go to the polls), the deputy said one of his goals was to “make citizens believe in the institutions again”. “Our main goal is to rebuild the relationship between the State and citizens. We are free citizens, not subjects, and it is important to rebuild this relationship,” he said.

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FDI’s historic victory, which received just over 4% of the vote in 2018, is “not a destination”, according to Meloni.

“Starting tomorrow, we’ll have to show our worth,” the MP added, ending his speech with a quote from St. Francis of Assisi.

“Start doing what you can, but see you achieve the impossible,” he finished.

Broad majority – For broadcaster Rai, the conservative alliance will reach 43.3% of the vote in the Senate and 42.7% in the Chamber, according to the projection of the Opinio-Italia consortium. 16.2% and 16.0% of 5 Star Movement (M5S) antisystem.

The so-called “third way”, formed by the central parties Ação and Itália Viva (IV), emerges with 7.4% and 7.5%, respectively. Since the Italian electoral system mixes majority and proportional voting, these numbers should guarantee a broad parliamentary majority on the right, with over 110 of the 200 seats in the Senate and over 220 of the 400 seats in the House.

According to estimates, in the role of the party with the most votes with about 25% of the preference, the FdI will have the privilege to nominate the next prime minister, which will make Meloni the first woman to rule Italy.

Background – Born in Rome on January 15, 1977, Giorgia Meloni approached politics at the age of 15 when she joined the “Youth Front”, a youth organization affiliated with the extinct post-fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI) party. It was created by former members of the Benito Mussolini regime.

At the age of 19, Meloni recorded a video saying that “Mussolini was a good politician” and that “everything he did was for Italy”.

Over the years, he rose through the ranks of the MSI’s heir to the National Alliance (AN), and in 1998 was elected councilor of the province of Rome and remained in that position until 2002. In 2006, the Chamber also served as Minister of Youth in the Berlusconi government between 2008 and 2011.

In the same year he was first elected to Parliament, he gave an interview in which he said he “had a quiet relationship with fascism”. Regarding Mussolini, he said the dictator “made various mistakes, such as racial laws, going to war, and the authoritarian system.”

“Historically, he’s produced a lot too, but that doesn’t save him,” said Meloni at the time, slightly changing her speech for her youth.

In December 2012, Meloni joined a group of AN dissidents to found the FdI, which to this day features the tricolor flame symbolizing MSI on its badge. The MP has been chairing the Brothers of Italy since 2014 and has gradually expanded his constituency as he has spent the past decade always in opposition.

Meloni took advantage of the dissatisfaction of groups ranging from workers laid off due to the epidemic to self-employed people punished by Covid-19, including those who are anti-vaccine – the deputy said he was vaccinated against Covid, but did not take a photo.

It also sought to distance itself from openly neo-fascist movements such as CasaPound and Força Nova, which were historically close to FDI militancy.

Meloni has radicalized her speech on issues like immigration and civil rights over the past few years – she advocates a naval blockade against immigrants from the Mediterranean and opposes the adoption of homosexuals – but has tried to portray herself as more moderate in other areas.

Historically Eurosceptic, the FdI leader no longer talks about removing Italy from the European Union. In addition, he is more critical of Vladimir Putin’s regime than his allies on the Italian right, and also opposes raising the country’s debt to combat rising inflation, which is a source of tension in the conservative coalition.

Eduardo Bolsonaro congratulated the candidate

São Paulo’s federal parliamentary candidate, Eduardo Bolsonaro, congratulated Italian Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, on his victory in the Italian elections this Sunday (25).

“Congratulations to Giorgia Meloni, who will be the first woman to lead Italy, but you will hear from the media that ‘far-right fascism’ has won. Like Brazil, Italy has now become ‘God, patria and family’,” she wrote.

President Jair Bolsonaro’s son is a longtime friend of Matteo Salvini, the leader of another far-right party, the League, which is in coalition with Meloni but has not had much success in this Sunday’s election race.

25.09.2022 22:55

source: Noticias

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