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Italy plunges into the unknown after Giorgia Meloni's victory

Armed with an absolute majority in Parliament, the leader of Fratelli d'Italia (post-fascist) with her allies Matteo Salvini of the League (anti-immigration) and Silvio Berlusconi of Forza Italia (right) will try in the coming days to form a government.

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Italy plunges into the unknown after Giorgia Meloni's victory

Armed with an absolute majority in Parliament, the leader of Fratelli d'Italia (post-fascist) with her allies Matteo Salvini of the League (anti-immigration) and Silvio Berlusconi of Forza Italia (right) will try in the coming days to form a government.

The slow counting of the ballots confirmed Monday morning the clear lead of Ms. Meloni who won more than 26% of the vote. His party is now the leading political formation in the country ahead of the Democratic Party (PD, center-left) of Enrico Letta, at 19%.

With the League and Forza Italia, it will have an absolute majority in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

In her first and brief statement after the vote, Giorgia Meloni wanted to reassure, both in Italy and abroad, where French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned that France would be "attentive" to "respecting" the rights of man and abortion.

"We will govern for all" Italians, promised Giorgia Meloni. "We will do this with the aim of uniting the people."

The right-wing press was jubilant on Monday. "Revolution at the polls," headlined Il Giornale, the Berlusconi family's daily, while Libero noted: "The left defeated, (we are) free!!!".

"Meloni takes Italy," wrote La Repubblica, a left-wing daily which opposed Giorgia Meloni head-on during the campaign.

La Stampa detailed "the thousand unknowns" that Italy faces after the "historic victory" of the far right.

"That this comes a month before the centenary of the march on Rome and the start of Mussolini's 20-year dictatorship is a coincidence: the Italians who voted for Meloni did not do so out of nostalgia for fascism" but the common point between the fascist autocrat and Ms. Meloni is that they come to power "at the end of a lonely marathon against everything and everyone", analyzes the Turin newspaper.

- Economic challenges -

The new executive will succeed the cabinet of national unity led since January 2021 by Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank (ECB), called to the bedside of the third economy in the euro zone brought to its knees by the pandemic.

Draghi had negotiated with Brussels the granting of nearly 200 billion euros in financial aid to Italy in exchange for deep economic and institutional reforms, a windfall which represents the lion's share of the European recovery plan.

Despite the stakes, several parties which had agreed to join his government (Fratelli d'Italia had remained in the opposition) ended up bringing him down this summer, for purely electoral reasons, leading to the calling of early legislative elections.

And while "Super Mario", presented as the savior of the euro zone during the 2008 financial crisis, appeared as a guarantee of credibility in the eyes of its European partners, the coming to power of the far right nationalist, eurosceptic and sovereignty raises fears of a new era of instability.

Especially since Italy, which is crumbling under a debt representing 150% of GDP, the highest ratio in the euro zone behind Greece, is experiencing inflation of more than 9% with gas and electricity bills that put millions of people in difficulty.

The Milan Stock Exchange was up on Monday morning, the victory of the far right having been widely anticipated by the markets. Friday, the Italian place had fallen by 3.36%, suffering the largest decline among the major European stock markets.

A sign of persistent investor concerns about Italy's debt, the "spread", that is to say the closely watched gap between the German 10-year borrowing rate which refers to and that of Italy to ten years, climbed to 235 points on Monday, up 6.68%.

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