Italy is on course to elect the most right-wing administration since Mussolini.

According to preliminary results, Giorgia Meloni will serve as Italy’s first female prime minister and form a coalition government with about 44% of the vote.

Giorgia Meloni, a far-right leader, has declared victory in the Italian election and is on track to become the nation’s first female prime minister.

It is anticipated that Ms. Meloni would create the most right-wing administration in Italy since World War Two. This will alarm a lot of Europe because Italy has the third-largest economy in the EU.

Giorgia Meloni: The far-right in Italy is set to prevail.

The country would soon have its most right-wing administration since World War Two, thanks to a right-wing coalition formed by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party.

On Sunday, Italians went to the polls in a vote that analysts believed would result in the election of far-right firebrand Meloni, the party’s leader and the first female prime minister of Italy.

After the vote, Ms. Meloni assured the public that her Brothers of Italy party would “govern for everyone” and not betray their confidence.

Holding up a poster that read “Thank you, Italy,” she told reporters in Rome that “Italians have sent a clear message in favor of a right-wing administration led by Brothers of Italy.”

Meloni, 45, downplays the post-fascist origins of her party and presents it as a mainstream conservative organization. She has vowed to back Western policies toward Ukraine and to avoid taking unwarranted chances with the euro zone’s third-largest economy.

Such a scenario would generate major concerns regarding Italy’s future domestic and foreign courses. As Meloni adds a potentially disruptive voice to the top table of EU decision-making, divisive identity politics will unexpectedly become the dominant topic of national discussion. Before Meloni even declared victory, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, who had a run-in with Brussels over a rule-of-law issue, tweeted his congratulations.

According to an RAI exit poll, the coalition of conservative parties, including the League and Forza Italia of Silvio Berlusconi, gained between 41% and 45% of the vote, sufficient to ensure control of both houses of parliament.

“In the lower house and the Senate, the center-right is obviously in the lead! Even if it is a hard night, I want to thank you,” Salvini stated on Twitter.

With 26% of the vote, the center-left coalition came in well behind the right. Democratic Party official Debora Serracchiani called it a terrible evening for Italy. She asserted that the right “had the majority in parliament, it does not work in the country.”

The stunning electoral victory of her own party covered that Forza Italia and Mr. Salvini’s party performed poorly, with the former’s party dropping below 9% and the latter even lower. Brothers of Italy garnered less than 4% of the vote in the previous election, but they profited from avoiding the national unity government that disintegrated in July this time.

Despite her efforts to soften her image by highlighting her sympathies for Ukraine and tempering anti-EU sentiments, Giorgia Meloni heads a party with roots in a post-war movement that emerged from fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

After Italy’s 18-month unity government disintegrated, the left could not put together a strong opposition with other parties, and officials were pessimistic even before the vote. Despite having numerous shared objectives on immigration and boosting the minimum wage, the Five Star Movement led by Giuseppe Conte finished a convincing third but disagreed with Enrico Letta.

Ms. Meloni’s rhetoric on the EU places her close to Viktor Orban, the populist leader of Hungary. Italy joined NATO and the European Union in their founding years.

Both of her allies had intimate links to Russia. While Mr. Salvini has questioned the validity of Western sanctions against Moscow, Mr. Berlusconi, 85, asserted last week that Vladimir Putin was coerced into invading Ukraine.

The outcome will be critical to Meloni’s chances of building a stable government, according to Lorenzo Castellani of the political science department at Rome’s Luiss University.

The alliance lead by Meloni “can govern in a far more solid fashion, without problems” with roughly 44% of the vote and a majority of at least 15-20 senators, he claimed. While a score of 46% to 47% might have given them “90% of the first-past-the-post seats and the two-thirds supermajority needed to rewrite the constitution without a referendum,” a score of 42% would have given them a tenuous majority.

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