Giorgia Meloni will become Italy’s first female prime minister and head the country’s first far-right government since World War II.
Agence France-Presse reports: Giorgia Meloni, the leader of Italy’s far-right party, was set to become the country’s first woman prime minister on Friday after her party won an election that made history.
His post-fascist, anti-immigration Brothers of Italy party won the legislative elections on September 25, but it needs help from outside Italy to form a government.
After two days of cross-party talks, the 45-year-old from Rome will almost certainly be asked to form a government and become the country’s first female prime minister.
“We are ready to give Italy a government that will face the emergencies and challenges of our time with awareness and competence,” Meloni tweeted Thursday night.
His Brothers of Italy party won 26 percent of the vote last month, compared to eight and nine percent, respectively, for his allies, Forza Italia and the far-right Liga.
His appointment would be a historic change for the eurozone’s third-largest economy and for Italy’s Brothers, who have never been in government.
Tradition says that President Sergio Mattarella won’t appoint her until all parties in parliament have had a chance to talk about it.
On Friday, Meloni joined representatives of his coalition to meet with Mattarella, with speculation that he could be asked to form a government this afternoon.
If he confirms he can govern with his allies, he could be sworn in with his ministers over the weekend, with a vote of confidence in parliament next week.
Consultations to put together a government have been complicated by disagreements over Meloni’s strong support for Ukraine since the Russian invasion with his two potential coalition partners, both of whom are seen as close to Moscow.
A recording has been leaked in which former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who runs Forza Italia, talks about his warm ties with Moscow and appears to blame the war in Ukraine on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Matteo Salvini, leader of the League party and his other coalition partner, has been a fan of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a long time and has been against Western sanctions against Russia.
Despite his eurosceptic stance, Meloni has been firm in his support for Ukraine, in line with the rest of the European Union and the United States.
“I intend to lead a government with a clear and unequivocal line of foreign policy,” he said. “Italy is fully, and with its head held high, part of Europe and the Atlantic Alliance.”
“Whoever does not agree with this cornerstone will not be able to form part of the government, not even at the cost of not forming a government,” Meloni warned.
Berlusconi, 86, has said his personal and political position “does not deviate from that of the Italian government (and) the European Union” on Ukraine.