4 February, 2023

Far-right candidate wins elections in Italy

The right will form a government in which the Italian Prime Minister will be a woman for the first time, the future executive of the government will be Giorgia Meloni. (photo courtesy)

By Engelbert Maldonado

Italy – Preliminary scrutiny indicates a victory for the right in Italy. The next government will have a far-right face, with el partido Fratelli d’Italia al 26 %. With that of his allies, Lega y Forza Italy 9 % Y 8 % respectively. The right will form a government in which the Italian Prime Minister will be a woman for the first time, the future executive of the government will be Giorgia Meloni.

The arrival of the extreme right in the government has generated controversy within Italy and Europe due to the closeness to governments such as that of Victor Orban in Europe and the friendships with the Russian government..

(Photo courtesy/agencies)

The triumph of the right could undermine some rights of minorities, like abortion, same-sex marriage, attention to migrants and above all a series of oppositions to the norms already established by the European Union.

Italians were preparing to elect legislators this Sunday, for the next 5 years. They elected after two months of a controversial campaign full of accusations and promises that according to experts are unrealizable in the face of a financial state characterized by a very high debt (152.6%), low economic growth, high inflation that emerges 10% for the products of the basic food basket as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions against the invader.

The six largest parties promised to reduce taxes on companies and ordinary citizens and keep the population above poverty without explaining where they would take the funds before a State with the highest indebtedness in Europe (152.6% regarding the PIL).

Debt that could rise even more due to the energy bill that is projected to reach 3% of the Italian PIL and that is generating a demand for support to thousands of families due to the increase in prices in all products.

Photo: Courtesy.

The calls to vote were 51 million Italians of which 4 millions 700 thousand reside abroad. According to opinion polls, only the 65% of potential voters showed interest in electing their representatives due to the growing disbelief in which all political parties are falling. In fact, the big winner was absenteeism, which was from 36%, The highest in electoral history.

With the present elections, a new executive government also emerged, which will be indicated by the president of the republic, Sergio Matarella., according to the party that obtains an absolute majority in the total of valid votes at the official closing of the count.

Of the six main contenders who participated. only the right-wing coalition indicated the leader Giorgia Meloni, of the extreme right, as the candidate and virtual winner for Prime Minister of Italy.

Meanwhile, on the left side, none declared a candidate for prime minister and they await the results to recompose a coalition that will allow them to form a government, preventing the aspirations of the leader of Fratelli d'Italia.