Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni looks set to become Italy’s first female Prime Minister, widely predicted to form the country’s most right-wing government since World War Two.
The near final results from Sunday’s election show the Brothers of Italy party should have a strong majority in both houses of parliament, Reuters reports.
"Italians have sent a clear message in favour of a right-wing government led by Brothers of Italy," Meloni told supporters on Monday morning.
"We must remember that we are not at the end point, we are at the starting point. It is from tomorrow that we must prove our worth," she added.
Meloni is expected to win up to 26% of the vote, ahead of her closest centre left rival, Enrico Letta, BBC reports.
The right-wing alliance - which also includes Matteo Salvini's far-right League and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia - now looks to have control of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, with around 44% of the vote.
The full results are expected later on Monday, but the centre-left Democratic Party conceded, stating it was a “sad” day.
Turnout plummeted to a historic low of around 64%, around nine points lower than the previous elections in 2018.
Congratulations from Meloni’s nationalist allies arrived quickly, including Spain's far-right party Vox, and Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
"Meloni has shown the way for a proud, free Europe of sovereign nations," Vox leader Santiago Abascal stated.
She has been leading opinion polls since Prime Minister Mario Draghi called snap elections back in July, as the national unity government collapsed. Meloni’s party was the only one not to join Draghi’s coalition when the former head of the European Central Bank was drafted in to lead post-pandemic Italy in February last year.
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