A rightwing coalition led by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy is on course for a decisive victory in Italy’s snap election, having trounced a range of rivals that failed to forge a unified front to compete more effectively against the bloc, exit polls showed.
Meloni’s coalition — with Matteo Salvini’s nationalist League and media tycoon and former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia — is believed to have secured between 42 and 49 per cent of the total vote, enough to secure a comfortable parliamentary majority.
However, the rightwing coalition appears to have fallen short of the two-thirds of seats that it would need to the press ahead with its plans to amend Italy’s constitution, the polls indicated.
In Italy’s complicated election system, a third of parliamentary seats are awarded in first-past the post races, which gave a significant advantage to centre-right parties that united behind a single candidate in each first-past the post-race, while their opponents squabbled among themselves.
Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, which is an heir to the neo-fascist movement — will be the largest party in the new parliament, with around a quarter of the vote. It looks likely to have taken a greater percentage of votes than the League and Forza Italia combined, the exit polls showed.
The results mark a triumph for Meloni, given that the Brothers of Italy secured just 4 per cent of the vote in the last general election in 2018, though analysts cautioned that support for her could prove ephemeral given the severe challenges she will face.
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