ROME — Giorgia Meloni is set to become Italy’s first female prime minister, after her allies backed her to lead the country in talks with the Italian president.
The right-wing coalition led by Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party won 44% of the vote in the September 25 elections, after the collapse of Mario Draghi’s government, enough to have a working majority in parliament.
Meloni joined his alliance partners Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the center-right Forza Italia, and Matteo Salvini of the Anti-Immigration League party, to meet President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Friday for official talks on the formation of the next government.
After a seven-minute meeting, Meloni said the allies attended the meeting “united” and “unanimously” told Mattarella she should be given the mandate to govern.
The coalition “unanimously proposed me to the president as the person who should form the next government,” Meloni said. “We are ready and we want to move forward as soon as possible.”
Meloni said the coalition and the president agreed on the urgency of creating a new government “because of the many pressing issues we face nationally and internationally”, referring to energy crises and the cost of life and war in Ukraine.
After deliberating for two hours, Mattarella summoned Meloni on Friday afternoon and is expected to offer him the mandate to form a government.
After that, Meloni could either accept conditionally and hold further talks with her allies about appointing ministers before fully accepting, or she could accept unconditionally and announce her cabinet immediately.
Following the meeting with Mattarella, Salvini wrote on Twitter: “Ready to take charge of our beautiful country.”