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Coalition of right-leaning parties wins Italy's snap election

Leader of Italian far-right party Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) Giorgia Meloni

Max Civili
Press TV, Rome

As largely predicted by pollsters, the Brothers of Italy party has won the most votes in Italy's snap election, leading a right-wing coalition to victory.

The turnout for the general election was about 64 percent, the lowest percentage ever recorded and around nine points lower than the 73 percent turnout for the 2018 general election.

Brothers of Italy, a group founded 10 years ago by its leader Giorgia Meloni, grabbed more than 26 percent of the vote, while its allies, the League and the more moderate Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia received respectively nine and eight percent.

Meloni said on Monday that a future center-right government would not betray the trust of the Italian people.

Meloni's flagship policies include defending traditional social values, anti-immigration programs and the reduction of taxes. Meloni is slated to become the next prime minister, the first woman in Italy who has ever been appointed to that position.

The news that a coalition led by Brothers of Italy won a decisive victory in Italy’s snap election has been welcomed by far-right parties across Europe. The Brothers of Italy has relentlessly advocated for a free Europe, including sovereign countries, and promoted traditional values.

Among the defeated coalitions in Italy's national elections was the Democratic Party, increasingly seen by a large number of Italians as the party of the establishment. Its leader, Enrico Letta, conceded defeat early on Monday, adding that his party would be the largest opposition force in the next parliament.

According to the Italian constitution, newly elected members of the parliament must now meet within twenty days. The country's President Sergio Mattarella will begin consultations on who should be appointed as the new prime minister with the presidents of the Senate and Chamber of deputies, the leaders of the main parties and, at a later stage, with parliamentary groups.

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