Exit poll shows far-right candidate Georgia Meloni on course to become Italy's first female prime minister

With 41 to 45% of the vote, several exit polls show her right-wing alliance comfortably ahead of Enrico Letta's Left Alliance party
Exit poll shows far-right candidate Georgia Meloni on course to become Italy's first female prime minister

Fratelli d'Italia party leader Giorgia Meloni. Picture Riccardo Dalle LUCHE/ANSA/AFP via Getty Images

Far-right Giorgia Meloni looks set to win Italy's elections and is on course to become first female prime minister in the country's history, according to an election exit poll. 

If the exit poll from state broadcaster Rai is confirmed, Ms Meloni will aim form Italy's most right-wing government since World War Two.

Ms Meloni's Brothers of Italy party won just 4% of the vote in 2018, but is forecast to take up to 25% of the vote this time around -  a tally that would give them a majority in both houses of Government.

Rai said the exit poll had a margin of error of 3.5%.

Though exit polls in recent Italian elections have not reflected the election results, estimates suggest that with 41 to 45% of the vote, Ms Meloni's right-wing alliance is comfortably ahead of their nearest rival, Enrico Letta's Alliance party. 

Her party, with neo-fascist roots, would need to form a coalition with her main allies, anti-migrant League leader Matteo Salvini and conservative former premier Silvio Berlusconi to command a solid majority in the Italian parliament.

Ms Meloni’s meteoric rise in the European Union’s third-largest economy comes at a critical time, as much of the continent reels under soaring energy bills, a repercussion of the war in Ukraine.

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