The “unstoppable” lady: “I’m a woman, I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’m Italian, I’m a Christian” VIDEO

The “unstoppable” lady: “I’m a woman, I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’m Italian, I’m a Christian” VIDEO
The “unstoppable” lady: “I’m a woman, I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’m Italian, I’m a Christian” VIDEO

Italian right-winger Ora Meloni looks unstoppable.


Source: Jutarnji list Friday, 23.09.2022. | 09:41 -> 13:30

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Everything points to her landslide victory in Sunday’s election, leading Italy’s first post-war far-right government.

Although the last polls were conducted two weeks ago, since by law they cannot be conducted immediately before the elections, nothing indicates a possible change in the trend. The right-wing coalition, which includes Meloni’s post-fascist Brothers of Italy, Matteo Salvini’s Anti-Immigrant League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, should win 46 percent of the vote, according to those polls.

The left, led by the Democratic Party (PD), is likely to get 28.5 percent of the vote, and the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) 13 percent.

The leader of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, has already practically conceded defeat in public appearances, but has called on undecided voters to vote for his party or risk a landslide victory for the right, which will allow it to change the constitution. “I will vote for Meloni,” said Bernardo, a 55-year-old lawyer who did not want to give his last name, adding that he wanted to “teach the Democratic Party a lesson” for its negative campaign based on “hate” from others.

God, parents, family

The snap election was called after Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned in July after three parties in his coalition withdrew their support, sparking uncertainty in a country struggling with inflation and a record drought.

The right-wing coalition promises extremely expensive solutions to increase the price of energy and life, but has not explained how it plans to pay for it.

The EU allocated almost 200 billion euros for the recovery of Italy after the pandemic, which has the second largest public debt in the eurozone. Meloni, 45, who has the image of a direct, decisive person, said she would seek to renegotiate the deal, which depends on the implementation of reforms in Italy.

The left insists that this money is questionable if the right wins.

In the 2018 elections, the brothers from Italy won just over four percent of the vote, and are now polling at 24 percent despite their political origins in the Italian Social Movement (MSI), founded by supporters of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini after World War II.

Meloni is wooing Italians with his “God, Country and Family” motto, stealing the support of the once-popular Salvini, who analysts say sealed his political fate with a failed bid to usurp power in 2019.

There is still room for surprises

Meloni promises to cut taxes and bureaucracy, increase defense spending, close Italy’s borders to protect the country from “Islamization”, renegotiate European treaties to give Rome more powers and fight the “LGBT lobby”.

A right-wing victory would be a “big risk” for the EU, Leta told AFP in August, because “no major European country has ever been governed by policies so clearly against the idea of ​​a European community”.

The right is deeply divided over the Russian invasion.

Meloni supports sending weapons to Ukraine, while Salvini, a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, opposes sanctions.

The left, on the other hand, wants to continue where the pro-European Dragi left off. But her calls for continuity sound less convincing to impoverished and paid voters in heavily indebted Italy than promises of change, analysts say.

There is still room for surprises, Italian political scientist Nadia Urbinati told Domani newspaper on Thursday, especially considering that 20 percent of voters are undecided, according to polls.

Who exactly is Melanie?

From a teenage activist who praised Benito Mussolini to a candidate for Italy’s first prime minister, Ora Meloni has had an interesting development path, bringing her far-right party to power. Opinion polls show the far-right coalition led by its Italian brothers is on course to win Sunday’s election.

Outspoken and combative as she criticizes the European Union, mass immigration and “LGBT lobbies”, the 45-year-old has won over disaffected voters and built a powerful online brand. “I’m an ora, I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’m Italian, I’m Croatian,” she said at a rally in Rome in 2019, which went viral after being remixed into a dance song.

The Brothers of Italy emerged from the Italian post-fascist movement, but Meloni tries to distance himself from such a past, although he does not want to renounce it completely. He stands for traditional Catholic family values, but says he will save Italy’s abortion law, which allows terminations of pregnancies but allows doctors to refuse them. But she says she wants to give women who think abortion is the only option the right to choose.

Ready for power

Born in Rome on January 15, 1977, Meloni grew up in the working-class neighborhood of Garbatelli with her mother, after which her father abandoned them.

He has been involved in politics for a long time. At 31, she was the youngest minister in post-war Italian history and was among the founders of the Brothers of Italy in 2012.

In the 2018 elections, her party won four percent of the vote, and now it is getting more than 24 percent in the polls.

If she achieves such a result on Sunday, Meloni would be ahead not only of her rivals, but also of her coalition partners, Matteo Salvini’s anti-immigrant League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, in whose government she was in 2008.

In Melonia’s favor, her party has been the only opposition party in the last 18 months, after all the others decided to join the government of national unity of former Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

At the same time, she wants to dissuade those who raise questions about her lack of experience by pasting posters with the slogan “Ready” around the country.

She emphasizes fiscal prudence in the face of Italy’s huge debt, despite her coalition calling for tax cuts and higher social benefits.

Her views on Europe have become more moderate over the years and she no longer wants Italy to leave the Eurozone and strongly supports European sanctions against Russia due to the war in Ukraine. But he says that Rome must stand up for its national interests and support Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his battles with Brussels.

Neofascist past

As a teenager, Meloni was a youth activist in the Italian Social Movement (MSI), which was founded by supporters of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini after World War II. At the age of 19, in a campaign for the far-right National Alliance, she told French television that “Mussolini was a good politician because everything he did was for Italy.”

After that, in 2006, she was elected as a member of the National Alliance, she changed her rhetoric saying that the dictator made “Greeks”, such as the racial laws, his authoritarianism and entry into the Second World War on the side of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Her party was named after the first line of the Italian national anthem, and its logo includes the flame also used by MSI, in the colors of the Italian flag.

She rejected calls to change the logo, insisting the flame “has nothing to do with fascism”.

“The Italian right has consigned fascism to history for decades,” she said in a video address to foreign correspondents last month.

She insists that there is “no room for nostalgia” in her party. Meloni has a daughter, born in 2006, with her partner Andrea Ambruno, a television journalist.

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