Italy: Right-wing parties strike deal over PM candidate; Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy leading opinion surveys

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Rome: Italy‘s right-wing parties on Wednesday struck a deal to choose the prime minister if the alliance wins the upcoming parliamentary polls that are scheduled to take place in September this year. According to reports, Giorgia Meloni‘s Brothers of Italy is currently leading opinion surveys. It is expected to get 23 to 25 percent of the votes in the elections.
The other two parties of the alliance are Matteo Salvini‘s League and Silvio Berlusconi‘s Forza Italia. Notably, Meloni’s party has a Christian nationalist, anti-immigration and eurosceptic agenda. Earlier this week, he said that the alliance would not be able to govern together unless a PM candidate is decided in advance.

However, Salvini’s League wants that the party with the largest vote share to decide the PM candidate. He also expressed hope of getting 20 percent votes in the elections. At present, the League is polling at around 12-14 percent.

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Meanwhile, Forza Italia, the third party of the alliance, is polling between seven and 10 percent. Berlusconi is reportedly worried that announcing Meloni as the PM candidate of the alliance would hamper their vote share due to his extreme ideology.

According to reports, Italy will hold early elections on September 25. A political crisis erupted in the European country after Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned last week. After Draghi’s resignation, Italian President Sergio Mattarella dissolved parliament. Notably, Draghi was the third PM since the election of Parliament, in 2018. He became the Prime Minister in February last year. Parliament’s five-year term was scheduled to be expired in March next year.