who is Giorgia Meloni, the favorite far-right leader to lead the country?

At the age of 45, Giorgia Meloni will become the first woman to lead the Italian government.

On the 25th of September next Italian is called to vote to appoint the next head of government. Who is Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Fratelli D’Italia party who serves as the favorite?

Europe will be following Italy’s legislative elections closely. Following the resignation of former Prime Minister Mario Draghi and his government in July, Italians are called to vote on September 25th to elect their new Prime Minister. A decisive election for the country that is going through a historic economic and social crisis, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic and the start of the war in Ukraine. Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Fratelli d’Italia party, is leading the polls and could become Italy’s new prime minister. Who is this 45-year-old woman who can replace Mario Draghi?

From her youth, at the age of 15, Giorgia Meloni was involved in politics and joined the Youth Front of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), considered the successor of Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party, before becoming a provincial councilor in Rome at the age of 21. In 2006, when he was 29 years old, he held his first high office by becoming a deputy of Lazio, the region where Rome is located, then became the youngest vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies of history.

The youngest minister in Italian history

In 2008, Silvio Berlusconi chose him to be the Minister of Youth in the 4th government of rider and became the youngest minister in the history of Italy at the age of 31. Highly publicized, this journalist by training was attracted by his youth and his anger during his time in government. In a macho Italy, she bears the brunt of sexism, especially by Guido Bertolaso, former director of the Italian Civil Protection, who tells her that she should devote herself to her role as a mother and avoid the participating in the election campaign while she was breastfeeding.

During his term in government, he fought in particular the “factional nature of school books”, saying that there was not much, and left his position in 2011, when Silvio Berlusconi resigned. A year later, tired of the contradictions within the Italian right, he founded the Fratelli d’Italia party with other dissidents from Berlusconism and became its president in March 2014. His party decided to choose the green flame as its symbol. -white- red dear to the supporters of MSI, Mussolini’s fascist party.

An act of demonizing his party

While pregnant, she announced her candidacy for the post of mayor of Rome in 2016. A decision that earned her criticism from Berlusconi, who claimed that she could not assume the responsibilities of this position by raising a child. “In a town with a symbol of a wolf nursing twins, that’s not a problem,” he replied. In the end, he finished 3rd in these elections but was elected to the municipal council where he sat.

Unlike other parties of the far-right and far-right, his party refused to join Mario Draghi’s national unity government in 2021, allowing him to declare himself the only leading figure in the opposition. of the country and the aids to obtain the vision and development of Fratelli. d’Italia.

During this campaign for the legislative elections, he worked tirelessly to undermine his party by being less harsh on the European Union, which he nevertheless considered too ambitious, he who had long wanted to leave the EU and judged the euro as “a bad currency that only makes Germany richer”. A longtime admirer of Vladimir Putin, he changed his position after the war in Ukraine, condemning this invasion as “an unacceptable large-scale war action by Putin’s Russia against Ukraine”, before deciding in favor of sending weapons to the Ukrainian army.

Against immigration, same-sex marriage and abortion

One whose motto is “God, country and family” defends the traditional family model, and does not hesitate to criticize the marriage and adoption rights of homosexual couples, comparing in particular same-sex couples who want to adopt “ogres who steal children eat them”. If she disagrees with abortion, as a “woman, mother, Italian and Christian”, she does not intend to reconsider the right to abortion.

Unsurprisingly, he defended an anti-immigration policy by seeking to end the arrival of migrants in Italy, especially those from Africa via the island of Lampedusa, and promoted measures in favor of work and housing. In 2016, he declared that he wanted to close the borders to protect Italy from the towers of “Islamization” by criticizing the “ethnic replacement that continues in Italy.” Recently, he caused controversy by posting on social networks the video of a Ukrainian woman raping a 27-year-old asylum seeker from New Guinea in the center of the city of Piacenza, to provoke his theme.

Mussolini “achieved a lot”

Although he denied that he was the inheritor of Italian fascist traditions, he still acknowledged today that Mussolini “did a lot”, not forgetting to mention his “mistakes”, especially the anti-Jewish laws, but presents his party as that of the Italian “conservative”. In a trilingual video posted on Twitter, Giorgia Meloni tried to reassure her profile presented as a neofascist to reassure Italian voters and allies worried about the return of the far right.

Well placed to win the legislative elections coming up in just over two weeks, this woman with undeniable talent as a speaker will be the first woman to head the Italian government and the first far-right personality who hold this position in the country.

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