Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni was sworn in as Italy’s first female prime minister on Saturday, 22nd October 2022.
Meloni was sworn in by Italian President Sergio Mattarella in a ceremony at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. She heads an alliance of far-right and centre-right parties, her party, Brothers of Italy, chief among them. With this, Meloni is set to form the most right-wing government Italy has seen in decades, reported CNN.
The right-wing coalition scored an overall victory in the country’s general election to form a new parliament after the nationalist Brothers of Italy secured 26 per cent of the vote.
“Italians have entrusted us with a relevant responsibility, and it will be our task to not let them down and to make our best to restore the nation’s dignity and pride,” Meloni commented on her Facebook page after winning the general elections. “We will aim at unifying and highlighting what can bring us close, not what divides us,” she added.
Her leading contender, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) led by Enrico Letta got 19 per cent of the votes. “We are going to make the necessary assessment in the next few days since it is clear mistakes (in their campaign) have been made,” Letta said.
Letta also announced that he would lead the party until its next congress, which will be held as soon as possible, and step down after a new leader is chosen. Over 50 million citizens, including some 4.7 million living abroad, were eligible to select the 400 deputies and 200 senators.