Sunday’s legislative elections in Italy have the potential to make history by electing the nation’s first female prime minister to lead its most right-wing administration since World War Two.
Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI), a nationalist party, received just 4% of the vote in 2018, but is predicted to receive about 25% of the vote this time, giving a coalition of conservative allies a substantial legislative majority.
In Italy, there is a mentality that says ‘let’s try her now, we’ve tried everyone else,’ according to Wolfango Piccoli, co-president of the political risk advisory firm Teneo.
If the tough-talking Meloni is successful, she will have to deal with a number of difficult obstacles, such as rising energy prices, a crushing mountain of debt, a potential recession, and an increasingly hazardous conflict in Ukraine.
There are certainly going to be a lot of expectations placed on the 45-year-old Rome resident who is pledging to reduce taxes and crack down on immigration.