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Italy’s Economic and Political Malaise Has Pushed the Country Into Far-right Hands

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of a party with neo-fascist roots, has successfully captured Italy’s protest vote and is now set to become the country’s first female prime minister

Ariel David
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The most telling result in Sunday’s election in Italy is not the stunning victory of the far-right Brothers of Italy, which gained around 26 percent of the vote and now sees its leader, Giorgia Meloni, poised to become the country’s first female prime minister at the head of a hardline populist-conservative coalition. The important figure is that only 63.9 percent of Italians voted, the lowest turnout in Italy’s republican history and a drop of nine percent compared to the last election in 2018.

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