General elections are being held in Italy on Sunday at a critical moment for Europe, which is experiencing the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. According to forecasts, Italy is expected to be governed by a far-right force for the first time since World War II, with Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the neo-fascist-rooted “Brothers” party, the leading candidate for the country’s first female prime minister. Italy”.
Italians began voting on Sunday in parliamentary elections that come at a pivotal moment for Europe.
Rising energy bills, largely due to the war in Ukraine, have fueled fears that homes and businesses may not have adequate heating and lighting this winter.
Today’s vote could bring Italy’s first far-right government since the end of World War II.
Polls before the vote showed that Giorgia Meloni and her party with neo-fascist roots “Brothers of Italy” could get the most votes. If that happens, Ms Meloni would become the first woman in Italy’s history to head the government. However, forming a stable governing coalition could take weeks. The country’s president, Sergio Mattarella, who has the role of guarantor of the Italian constitution drawn up after the Second World War, voted in the Sicilian city of Palermo.
“I like that it will be a woman, it is enough that it is someone with capacity. However, I do not support some of the ideas”says voter Clara Invrea.
“I wish they are honest people. And that has become very difficult these days.”says voter Adriana Gherdo.
“I hope it goes better, as we need help with the state society is in.” We have difficulties and there are many problems”says voter Carmine.
Mrs. Meloni’s “Brothers of Italy” party is part of a coalition with the anti-immigration party “Lega Nord” led by Matteo Salvini, as well as the “Forza Italia” party led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. According to pre-election polls, the center-left Democratic Party led by former Prime Minister Enrico Letta ranked behind the right-wing coalition.
Almost 51 million Italians enjoy the right to vote. Polls predicted a lower turnout than in previous elections and found that despite the many crises in Europe, many Italian voters feel excluded from politics, while since the last election the country has had three different government coalitions. Voting centers that opened at 7 am will remain open until 11 pm.