Giorgia Meloni is an Italian politician and journalist. A member of the Chamber of Deputies in Italy since 2006, she has led the Brothers of Italy political party since 2014, and has been the president of the European Conservatives and Reformists Party since 2020.

The far-right party leader Giorgia Meloni has claimed victory in Italy’s elections and promised to govern for all citizens, after exit polls gave her coalition a clear majority

With the full results due today, the Brothers of Italy leader is expected to become the country’s first female prime minister – and a model for nationalist parties across Europe as she heads one of the EU’s six original member states.

The poll, for the broadcaster Rai, gave her coalition 41-45% against 25.5-29.5% for the leftwing bloc. The populist Five Star Movement was on 13.5-17.5%.

Meloni’s party, which has neo-fascist origins, is also poised to scoop by far the biggest share of the votes within the coalition, which includes the far-right League, led by Matteo Salvini, and Forza Italia, headed by Silvio Berlusconi.

Italian voters had given a clear mandate to the right to form the next government and called for unity to help confront the country’s many problems.

“This is a night of pride for Brothers of Italy but it is a starting point, not a finish line,” she told supporters.