Giorgia Meloni has celebrated yesterday’s election results as exit polls suggest the Brothers of Italy leader is poised to succeed Mario Draghi as Prime Minister.
Ms Meloni, an ex-Youth Minister in Silvio Berlusconi’s Government, took to social media after she addressed supporters in a 10-minute speech.
Writing on Facebook, Ms Meloni said: “Today we wrote history.
“This victory is dedicated to all the militants, leaders, supporters and to every single person who – in recent years – has contributed to the realization of our dream, offering heart and soul in a spontaneous and disinterested way.
“To those who, despite the difficulties and the most complex moments, have remained in their place, with conviction and generosity. But, above all, it is dedicated to those who believe and have always believed in us.
“We will not betray your trust. We are ready to revive Italy. THANK YOU!”
The Eurosceptic leader also offered an olive branch to those who had not voted for the right-wing bloc.
She told reporters: “If we are called upon to govern this nation, we will do so for all Italians, with the aim of uniting the people, of exalting what unites them rather than what divides them.”
However, Ms Meloni has proposed some controversial policies, including a naval blockade on Italian shores to deter boats carrying migrants and refugees from North Africa.
Ms Meloni’s comments came after Italy’s Democratic Party Vice President Debora Serracchiani conceded defeat.
According to Reuters, she said: “This is a sad evening for the country.”
Ms Serracchiani added: “(The right) has the majority in parliament, but not in the country.”
Exit polls suggest Ms Meloni’s right-wing coalition has romped to victory after a vote was called following ex-Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s resignation announcement.
Tecne’s projection suggested Brothers of Italy had 25 percent of the vote in the Senate, compared to 19 percent for the centre-left Democratic Party.
The pollster also indicated Italy’s right could win between 108 and 28 Senate seats, with 104 seats needed for a majority.
The right-wing, which also includes Matteo Salvini’s Lega and former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, could also win between 219 and 257 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
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