Italy’s Democrats conceded defeat in the country’s elections after an opinion poll showed the coalition of far-right leader Giorgia Meloni leading the vote.
Democrats said it would ItalyThe main opposition force of the opposition, after a poll indicated that Ms. Meloni’s Brotherhood of Italy party would win 22-26% of the vote.
The right-wing coalition is believed to have won 41-45% of the vote, according to a Consorzio Opinio Italia poll for Rai.
The centre-left coalition of former Democratic Prime Minister Enrico Letta apparently won 29.5% of the vote.
Sunday’s elections could see the country’s politics leap to the right as European nations grapple with soaring energy prices and the war in Ukraine continues.
If she becomes prime minister, Meloni will be Italy’s first female prime minister and the first far-right politician to become head of government in a major eurozone economy.
The election was held six months early after Mario Draghi’s pandemic unity government collapsed in late July.
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Ms. Meloni’s party, which has neo-fascist roots, will need to form an alliance with her main allies – anti-migration League leader Matteo Salvini and former conservative prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to be able to point hold a solid majority in the country’s parliament.
“The Center right is clearly leading both in the House and in the Senate! It’s going to be a long night but even now I want to say thank you,” Mr. Salvini tweeted.
It may take some time until it is officially known who the next prime minister will be, as the coalition formation process is expected to last at least until mid-October.
Full results are expected early Monday.