Giorgia Meloni is currently Italy’s first female prime minister, after winning elections on Sunday, September 25, 2022. The country’s national election was initiated by party infighting that saw the collapse of Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government in July.
Voters headed to the polls amid several new regulations, with voting hours also contained to one day rather than two.
Communicating with the media and supporters in the early hours of Monday morning, September 26, Meloni said it was “a night of pride for many and a night of redemption.”
“It’s a victory I want to dedicate to everyone who is no longer with us and wanted this night,” she said. “Starting tomorrow we have to show our value … Italians chose us, and we will not betray it, as we never have,” she said.
Preliminary results put an alliance of far-right parties, led by Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party, on track to win at least 44% of the vote, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.
With 63% of votes counted, the ultra-conservative Brothers of Italy party had won at least 26%, with coalition partners, the League, led by Matteo Salvini, taking around 9% and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia scoring over 8%. Final results are expected later Monday, but it’s expected to take weeks for a new government to be formed.
Meloni arrived on Italy’s crowded political scene in 2006 and co-founded the Brothers of Italy in 2012, a party whose agenda is rooted in Euro-skepticism and anti-immigration policies.
Meloni is an Italian politician and journalist, who currently heads the Brothers of Italy political party, and has been the president of the European Conservatives and Reformists Party since 2020.