Giorgia Meloni likely to become Italy’s first female PM.

Results from elections on Sunday 25 September suggest that Giorgia Meloni will likely become Italy’s first woman prime minister.

Meloni, age 45, is the leader of Brothers of Italy, a conservative political party.

An alliance of conservative political parties won the most votes in the election. Brothers of Italy is a member of the alliance. It won the most votes -- almost 26 percent -- of any party in the election.

Meloni grew up in a working-class area of Rome. Her father left the family when she was born, and she was raised by her mother. She won her first local election at age 21 and, in 2008, became the youngest-ever minister in Italy at age 31. She was a member of a conservative group created by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi before she left it and co-founded Brothers of Italy in 2012.

Meloni compares Brothers of Italy to the Conservative Party in Britain and the Republican Party in the U.S. The Italian press has compared Meloni to Margaret Thatcher, who was the first woman prime minister of Britain.

Meloni supports supplying Ukraine with weapons to defend against Russia’s invasion. On migration, she said she wants a naval blockade to stop migrant boats from leaving North Africa. She has said she might place same-sex marriage under review. Meloni says women have to get to the top by merit, and she is against rules that would say how many women should be in parliament.

Source: https://learningenglish.voanews.com


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