Key Things to Learn from Italy’s Historic Election.
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy, seemed likely to become prime minister after her party got more votes than any other.
On Monday, almost all of the election results were in, and they showed that a right-wing coalition led by a party with roots in fascism won a clear victory in Italy’s historic election. The fact that this party got the most votes of any single party almost made it certain that its leader, Giorgia Meloni, would become Italy’s first woman prime minister.
The right-wing coalition got 44% of the votes across the country, while the left, which couldn’t form a strong alliance, got just over 26%. With those results, the right would be able to run the country without help from the left.
Italy won’t have a new government for a few weeks, though, because the new Parliament has to be sworn in before talks about who will be prime minister can start. Analysts say that a new government should be in place by the end of October or the beginning of November.
After a period of stability in Italy under Mario Draghi, a technocrat in the middle who quit as prime minister in July, the country has taken a sharp turn to the right. This has sent shock waves through Europe. Mr. Draghi used about 190 billion euros, or $184 billion, in Covid recovery funds to modernize the country and helped lead Europe’s strong response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.