On 25th September next Italians are being called to ballot to appoint the next head of government. Who is Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Fratelli D’Italia party who acts as the favorite?
Europe will follow the Italian legislative elections very closely. Following the resignation of former Prime Minister Mario Draghi and his government last July, Italians are being called to ballot on 25th September to elect their new Prime Minister. A decisive election for the country which is going through a historic economic and social crisis, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic and the start of the war in Ukraine. Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Fratelli d’Italia party, is leading the polls and could well become Italy’s new prime minister. Who is this 45-year-old woman who could succeed Mario Draghi?
From her adolescence, at the age of 15, Giorgia Meloni got involved in politics and joined the Youth Front of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), considered the heir to the National Fascist Party of Benito Mussolini, before becoming councilor of the Province of Rome at the age of 21. In 2006, when she was 29, she held her first senior position by becoming a member of parliament in Latium, the region where Rome is located, then became the youngest vice-president of the House of Representatives Of the history.
Youngest minister in history in Italy
In 2008, she was chosen by Silvio Berlusconi to be Minister of Youth in the 4th government of the rider and becomes the youngest minister in Italian history at 31. Highly publicized, this journalist by training seduced by her youth and her temerity during her time in government. In a macho Italy, she bears the brunt of sexism, in particular that of Guido Bertolaso, former director of Italian Civil Protection, who tells her that she had better devote herself to her role as a mother and refrain from participating in an election campaign while she is breastfeeding.
During her term in government, she fought in particular the “factious character of school books”, too leftist according to her, and left her post in 2011, when Silvio Berlusconi resigned. A year later, tired of discord within the Italian right, she co-founded the Fratelli d’Italia party with other dissidents from Berlusconism and became its president in March 2014. Her party decided to choose the green flame as its emblem. -white-red dear to supporters of the MSI, Mussolini’s fascist party.
A work of demonization of his party
While pregnant, she announced her candidacy for the post of mayor of Rome in 2016. A decision that earned her criticism from Berlusconi, who claimed that she could not assume the responsibilities of this position by raising a child. “In a city that has a symbol of a wolf nursing twins, that won’t be a problem,” she replies. In the end, she finished 3rd in these elections but was elected to the municipal council where she then sat.
Unlike other right-wing and centre-right parties, his party refuses to participate in the government of national unity of Mario Draghi in 2021, which allows him to assert himself as the only leading opposition figure in the country and helps him to gain visibility and to advance Fratelli d’Italia.
During this campaign for the legislative elections, she works tirelessly to demonize her party by being less harsh on the European Union, which she nevertheless considers too ambitious, she who has long wanted a left the EU and judged the euro as “a bad currency that only enriched Germany”. A long-time admirer of Vladimir Putin, she changed her position following the war in Ukraine, judging this invasion as “an unacceptable large-scale act of war by Putin’s Russia against Ukraine”, before deciding in favor of the shipment of weapons to the Ukrainian army.
Against immigration, same-sex marriage and abortion
The one whose motto is “God, country and family” defends the traditional family model, and does not hesitate to criticize marriage and the right to adoption of homosexual couples, comparing in particular same-sex couples wishing to adopt “ogres who steal children to eat them”. If she disapproves of abortion, as a “woman, mother, Italian and Christian”, she would not intend to reconsider the right to abortion.
Unsurprisingly, she defends an anti-immigration policy by wanting to put an end to the arrival of migrants in Italy, especially those from Africa via the island of Lampedusa, and advocates measures in favor of employment and housing. for the Italians. In 2016, she declared that she wanted to close the borders to protect Italy from the steeples of “Islamization” by denouncing “the ethnic replacement in progress in Italy.” Recently, she caused controversy by broadcasting on social networks rape video of a Ukrainian woman by a 27-year-old asylum seeker from New Guinea in downtown Piacenza, to evoke her favorite theme of security.
Mussolini “achieved a lot”
Although she denies being the heiress of Italian fascist traditions, she still recognizes today that Mussolini had “accomplished a lot”, without forgetting to mention his “errors”, in particular on the anti-Jewish laws, but presents his party like that of the Italian “conservatives”. In a trilingual video posted on Twitter, Giorgia Meloni tries to reassure her profile presented as a neofascist in order to reassure voters and Italy’s allies who are worried about a return of the far right.
Well placed to win the legislative elections which come in just over two weeks, this woman with undeniable talent as a speaker would be the first woman to head the Italian government and the first far-right personality to hold this position in the country.
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