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Projections suggest far-right leader Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party has won 25 percent of the vote.
Rome, Italy – The far-right Brothers of Italy party has won most parliamentary seats in the country’s elections, exit polls on SWG and private channel La 7 suggest, paving the way for the party’s leader Giorgia Meloni to become the country’s first female prime minister.
The projections, which came out after voting ended on Sunday, suggested that Meloni’s party is likely going to win 25 percent of the vote.
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Its coalition partners, hardliner Matteo Salvini of the League party (Lega) and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forward Italy (FI), are expected to win 11.5 percent and 7 percent respectively – enough to guarantee a parliamentary majority for the alliance.
The Democratic Party, which ran alone after failing to form a broad alliance with other left-leaning and centrist parties, is predicted to win 20 percent of the vote, pollsters said.
The Five Star Movement, long considered a moribund party, seems to have done better than expected, getting 15.5 percent of the vote.
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