Italy Set to Make Giorgia Meloni First Far-Right Leader Since Mussolini

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ROME—Italians overwhelmingly voted to give power to the most far-right government since Benito Mussolini was thrown out of power and hung from a gas station girder after World War II with the clear victory of Giorgia Meloni and her Brothers of Italy party—along with coalition partners Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi.

Meloni now looks set to become the first female leader of one of the biggest economies in the world and told a crowd of supporters at her final campaign rally in Rome’s Piazza del Popoplo that the world was wrong to be afraid of her after widespread condemnation of her alt-right politics heading up to the vote. “What are they afraid of?” she yelled as the crowd changed “Giorgia! Giorgia! Giorgia!”

Plenty, the answer should have been. She hates immigrants and, it often seems, women. She has campaigned against reproductive rights like abortion and LGBTQ rights, lauding instead the traditional family even though she is an unmarried mother and daughter of a single mom.

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