Giorgia Meloni looks set to become Italy’s first female prime minister, as well as the head of the country’s most right-wing government since World War II after leading her alliance to victory at Sunday’s election. With over 97% of the vote counted, results showed the rightist bloc – which includes Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, Matteo Salvini’s far-right League and former PM Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia – should have a solid majority in both houses of parliament,
According to projections by Italy’s state broadcaster RAI, the far-right alliance should secure 240 seats, well above the 200 needed to achieve a majority, as well as a majority in the Senate. Near-final results showed over 26% support for Meloni, followed by slightly over 19.2% for the center-left Enrico Letta, 15% for Five Star Movement leader Giuseppe Conte, close to 9% for Matteo Salvini and 8% for Silvio Berlusconi.
The big winner of the election was Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy, who won 26% of the vote. This represents a huge increase from the last election, when Brothers of Italy won just 6% of the vote.
Results by region
The maps below show how each political party performed in the 28 constituencies that make up the Italian electorate.
And now what?
The President of Italy Sergio Mattarella will now begin consultations on who should lead the new government with the leaders of the main parties, Senate and Chamber presidents and parliamentary groups. Given the results of Sunday’s poll, Giorgia Meloni is most likely to be picked as the new prime minister.